On this day, September 5, in 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit first hopped onto movie screens.
Before there was Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Walt Disney had created Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit who appeared in a total of 26 cartoons between 1927 and 1928. The films were made for Charles Mintz who contracted with Universal for the distribution. Walt lost the rights to his rabbit character, and while it was a terrible loss, it led to his next success, a little mouse named Mickey. More than three quarters of a century after Oswald’s departure from Disney, the company reacquired him in 2006, upon which Disney CEO, Bob Iger, said, “As the forerunner to Mickey Mouse and an important part of Walt Disney’s creative legacy, the fun and mischievous Oswald is back where he belongs, at the home of his creator and among the stable of beloved characters created by Walt himself.”
If you want to visit Oswald in person, he can be found at Disney California Adventure park on Buena Vista Street.
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