One of the early films that started what we know today.
A previously unseen Oswald the Lucky Rabbit animation has been released by Disney to celebrate the 85th anniversary of one of Disney’s oldest characters. Harem Scarem is the title of the short animation, which is crude but gives a fascinating insight into the early days of animation, humour and storytelling present in Disney films. The clip is broken down into individual frames initially before playing through in full flow.
Walt Disney originally created the character for Universal Studios in 1927. In 1928 Disney sought a payrise from Charles Mintz at Universal Studios, but was instead told that the budget would be cut. Disney did not accept this cut and Mintz took the character for himself. Disney and animator Ub Iwerks then worked together in secret to create their new character, Mickey Mouse. The Disney company finally reclaimed the rights to Oswald in 2006.
The resemblance between Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is fairly evident. The relationship between the two has never been formally discussed, but it is accepted that the pair are half-brothers. What is clear though is the lessons that Disney learned through the creation of Oswald. The character became one of the first to become commercially successful with a range of branded products released. Disney also learned about character ownership and was much more careful with the creation of Mickey Mouse.
Oswald’s next appearance will be in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, which is due for release in November. The game will feature fully voiced cut-scenes from Frank Welker who provided Oswald's vocal effects in the previous game.