Ahoy me mateys Captain Cats here. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was a precursor to Mickey Mouse, but sadly not a lot of his short film is considered lost, that is until now. According to The Hollywood Reporter¬†that 84-year-old anime historian Yasushi Watanabe has a 16mm copy of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short entitle Neck ‘n’ Neck. Watanabe said that he found it at a toy wholesale near him in Osaka. It cost him 500 yen or about $4.40 over 70 years ago. Neck ‘n’ Neck was a five minute short, but Watanabe’s copy only ran for two minutes. The film is at the Kobe Plant Film Archive, one of Japans largest private film collection.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created in 1927 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. In 1928 his shorts were distributed by Universal Studios. Later that year Disney lost the character right to Charles Mintz a producer on the shorts and took him to Universal. It wasn’t till 2006 Disney CEO Bob Iger got the rights to Oswald and the 26 short films and it only cost them, Al Michaels.

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