OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT The Search For The Lost Disney Cartoons


By David A. Bossert




Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons is an in-depth look at the origins of the Walt Disney Studio’s first major animation success in 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The latest book from author David Bossert explores the importance of this character from the rejection of the first Oswald short, Poor Papa, to the well-received second short, Trolley Troubles, to losing the contract for the character all together, prompting the creation of Mickey Mouse. This book covers the definitive history of all twenty-six Walt Disney created Oswald cartoons.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is a seminal part of the early Walt Disney Company history. Without the Disney Bros. losing the contract to Oswald, there may very well never have been a Mickey Mouse created. This new book tracks the history of Oswald using rare, never before seen, surviving documentation; letters between Walt Disney and his brother Roy O.; a never before seen early photo of Walt and other rare images; an in depth look at each film short; the repatriation of Oswald to The Walt Disney Company from Universal in 2005; and of course Sportscaster Al Michaels connection.

This compelling, profusely illustrated volume is targeted to Disney animation aficionados and devotees alike with an introduction by author and Disney historian J.B. Kaufman and archival editing by David Gerstein. It is the definitive Oswald the Lucky Rabbit reference for the true Disney fan, libraries, film schools, and anyone with an interest in the silent film era of early Hollywood and the animation film industry. This newest book by Bossert coincides with the 90th Anniversary of Oswald and pre-releases at the D23 Expo, with a general release in August, 2017.


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