History WesternAnimation / OswaldTheLuckyRabbit

24th Sep '16 1:54:56 AM foxley
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* TheatrePhantom: "Spooks" has a ghoulish Phantom. After cornering Oswald, he [[GainaxEnding asks "What sound does a chicken make when it lays a square egg?" (Cue Oswald saying "Ow!" From the Phantom slapping him) ",Correct!" And then he disappears.]]
23rd Sep '16 8:13:09 PM themisterfree
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Or at least, that was how it seemed -- until 2006, when things finally got better; In exchange for trading Al Michaels, a sportscaster, to NBC Universal[[note]]Al Michaels was traded to NBC's Sunday Night Football, as ABC lost the broadcast rights to MondayNightFootball (which moved to {{ESPN}}, replacing their version of Sunday Night Football in terms of prominence of games broadcast)[[/note]], Disney acquired all of the rights to Oswald and his shorts (excluding the post-Disney Universal cartoons), and in 2007, they reintroduced the world to the character via a two-disc DVD collection called '''Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'''. A handful of the Lantz Oswalds were also included on the two WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker DVD sets released around the same time.

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Or at least, that was how it seemed -- until 2006, when things finally got better; In exchange for trading Al Michaels, a sportscaster, to NBC Universal[[note]]Al Michaels was traded to NBC's Sunday Night Football, as ABC lost the broadcast rights to MondayNightFootball (which moved to {{ESPN}}, replacing their version of Sunday Night Football in terms of prominence of games broadcast)[[/note]], broadcast; also included in the deal were some rights to Olympics footage and Friday broadcasts of the Ryder Cup for ESPN)[[/note]], Disney acquired all of the rights to Oswald and his shorts (excluding the post-Disney Universal cartoons), and in 2007, they reintroduced the world to the character via a two-disc DVD collection called '''Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'''. A handful of the Lantz Oswalds were also included on the two WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker DVD sets released around the same time.
13th Aug '16 6:22:46 PM nombretomado
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Still inspired by his viewings of Creator/CharlieChaplin films, Creator/WinsorMcCay's ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'', as well as Creator/OttoMessmer's ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', [[TerryToons Paul Terry's]] ''[[VanBeurenStudios Aesop's Film Fables]]'' and [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer's]] ''WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell'', Walt began striving for higher-quality animation and more dynamic use of rubber-hose animation, as well as much heavier emphasis on personality, story-based gags, and much more attention to story -- this made the series a huge advancement over Walt's earlier ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies''. While the animation was not quite up to par with the competition, be it technically or drawing wise, Oswald was rife with inventive gags and animation, and benefited from crisp pacing and feel-good premises. Oswald himself, like his successor Mickey, was a likable, scrappy but otherwise rather [[TheEveryman nondescript character]]. Contributing to Oswald's success were animators that would later claim their own stakes in the future of the medium, including his right-hand man and top animator Ub Iwerks (who not only animated, but handled the overall key poses, timing and art direction) [[Creator/HarmanAndIsing Hugh Harman, Rudolph "Rudy" Ising, Norm Blackburn and Rollin "Ham" Hamilton]], Creator/FrizFreleng, [[DisneysNineOldMen Les Clark]] among more esoteric names like Ben Clopton.

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Still inspired by his viewings of Creator/CharlieChaplin films, Creator/WinsorMcCay's ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'', as well as Creator/OttoMessmer's ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', [[TerryToons Paul Terry's]] ''[[VanBeurenStudios Aesop's Film Fables]]'' and [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer's]] ''WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell'', Walt began striving for higher-quality animation and more dynamic use of rubber-hose animation, as well as much heavier emphasis on personality, story-based gags, and much more attention to story -- this made the series a huge advancement over Walt's earlier ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies''. While the animation was not quite up to par with the competition, be it technically or drawing wise, Oswald was rife with inventive gags and animation, and benefited from crisp pacing and feel-good premises. Oswald himself, like his successor Mickey, was a likable, scrappy but otherwise rather [[TheEveryman nondescript character]]. Contributing to Oswald's success were animators that would later claim their own stakes in the future of the medium, including his right-hand man and top animator Ub Iwerks (who not only animated, but handled the overall key poses, timing and art direction) [[Creator/HarmanAndIsing Hugh Harman, Rudolph "Rudy" Ising, Norm Blackburn and Rollin "Ham" Hamilton]], Creator/FrizFreleng, [[DisneysNineOldMen [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Les Clark]] among more esoteric names like Ben Clopton.
6th Aug '16 8:33:30 PM SirTiki
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'''Note''': Belonging to Universal from the start (with Walt being unaware of this until the [[JustForPun ink hit the fan]], so to speak), Oswald, by pure technicality, is '''not''' part of the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts lineup and was technically not even a real Creator/{{Disney}} character until 2006, despite laying the groundwork for Walt and Ub's later work. It is argumentative if Oswald was really the first Disney animated hero because on one hand Disney and Iwerks did create the character, but on the other hand, Disney never had ownership of Oswald to begin with.

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'''Note''': Belonging to Universal from the start (with Walt being unaware of this until the [[JustForPun ink hit the fan]], so to speak), start, Oswald, by pure technicality, is '''not''' part of the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts lineup and was technically not even a real Creator/{{Disney}} character until 2006, despite laying the groundwork for Walt and Ub's later work. It is argumentative if Oswald was really the first Disney animated hero because on one hand Disney and Iwerks did create the character, but on the other hand, Disney never had ownership of Oswald to begin with.
27th Jul '16 5:52:59 PM nombretomado
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Meanwhile, back at Creator/{{Universal}}, Charles Mintz got a second season of cartoons made starring Oswald, but tensions between himself and the Universal executives were starting to boil over - specifically, after the overnight success of Mickey Mouse, the executives were more than a little upset that Mintz had let Disney walk away from the studio. After negotiations to bring Walt Disney back to the studio failed,[[note]] apparently learning nothing from the last time, Mintz's offer was basically to pay Disney a little more per short, but that Universal would completely own the rights to Mickey Mouse and Mintz would have control over Disney's studio; Walt very politely told Mintz to shove it[[/note]] as well as the second season of Oswald not nearly doing as well as the first, Universal [[LaserGuidedKarma reminded Mintz that]] ''he'' didn't own the rights to Oswald either, and Mintz was fired from the studio in 1929, prompting him to form [[ColumbiaCartoons his own cartoon studio for Columbia]]--and then proceed to rip off Mickey Mouse with his own ComicStrip/KrazyKat cartoons!

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Meanwhile, back at Creator/{{Universal}}, Charles Mintz got a second season of cartoons made starring Oswald, but tensions between himself and the Universal executives were starting to boil over - specifically, after the overnight success of Mickey Mouse, the executives were more than a little upset that Mintz had let Disney walk away from the studio. After negotiations to bring Walt Disney back to the studio failed,[[note]] apparently learning nothing from the last time, Mintz's offer was basically to pay Disney a little more per short, but that Universal would completely own the rights to Mickey Mouse and Mintz would have control over Disney's studio; Walt very politely told Mintz to shove it[[/note]] as well as the second season of Oswald not nearly doing as well as the first, Universal [[LaserGuidedKarma reminded Mintz that]] ''he'' didn't own the rights to Oswald either, and Mintz was fired from the studio in 1929, prompting him to form [[ColumbiaCartoons [[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons his own cartoon studio for Columbia]]--and then proceed to rip off Mickey Mouse with his own ComicStrip/KrazyKat cartoons!
22nd Jun '16 4:09:24 AM Adept
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In 1943, Lantz attempted to resuscitate the Oswald series via one short, ''The Egg-Cracker Suite'', where the character now sported yet another heavily overhauled redesign -- only to find a cartoon industry that the cutesy hare was completely unsuited to. By this point in time, Disney parodies and fast-paced comedies, as well as ScrewySquirrel-type characters, were all the rage -- including Lantz's own new star, WoodyWoodpecker. As such, the now-domesticated Oswald was given the shaft as a series star altogether, after lasting an impressive 192 short subjects. His last cartoon appearance would be a brief cameo along with AndyPanda -- Universal's second major cartoon star -- in the 1951 short ''The Woody Woodpecker Polka''. And aside from comic appearances, occasional TV reruns, the occasional history book anecdote, and two cameos in ''WesternAnimation/ChristmasInTattertown'', the character fell into total obscurity, doomed to be a forgotten relic in animation history...

Or at least, that was how it seemed -- until 2006, when things finally got better; In exchange for trading Al Michaels, a sportscaster, to NBC Universal[[note]]Al Michaels was traded to NBC's Sunday Night Football, as ABC lost the broadcast rights to MondayNightFootball (which moved to {{ESPN}}, replacing their version of Sunday Night Football in terms of prominence of games broadcast)[[/note]], Disney acquired all of the rights to Oswald and his shorts (excluding the post-Disney Universal cartoons), and in 2007, they reintroduced the world to the character via a two-disc DVD collection called '''Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'''. A handful of the Lantz Oswalds were also included on the two WoodyWoodpecker DVD sets released around the same time.

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In 1943, Lantz attempted to resuscitate the Oswald series via one short, ''The Egg-Cracker Suite'', where the character now sported yet another heavily overhauled redesign -- only to find a cartoon industry that the cutesy hare was completely unsuited to. By this point in time, Disney parodies and fast-paced comedies, as well as ScrewySquirrel-type characters, were all the rage -- including Lantz's own new star, WoodyWoodpecker. As such, the now-domesticated Oswald was given the shaft as a series star altogether, after lasting an impressive 192 short subjects. His last cartoon appearance would be a brief cameo along with AndyPanda WesternAnimation/AndyPanda -- Universal's second major cartoon star -- in the 1951 short ''The Woody Woodpecker Polka''. And aside from comic appearances, occasional TV reruns, the occasional history book anecdote, and two cameos in ''WesternAnimation/ChristmasInTattertown'', the character fell into total obscurity, doomed to be a forgotten relic in animation history...

Or at least, that was how it seemed -- until 2006, when things finally got better; In exchange for trading Al Michaels, a sportscaster, to NBC Universal[[note]]Al Michaels was traded to NBC's Sunday Night Football, as ABC lost the broadcast rights to MondayNightFootball (which moved to {{ESPN}}, replacing their version of Sunday Night Football in terms of prominence of games broadcast)[[/note]], Disney acquired all of the rights to Oswald and his shorts (excluding the post-Disney Universal cartoons), and in 2007, they reintroduced the world to the character via a two-disc DVD collection called '''Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'''. A handful of the Lantz Oswalds were also included on the two WoodyWoodpecker WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker DVD sets released around the same time.
21st Jun '16 10:59:39 PM Adept
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While it didn't reach the level of success of Fleischer's KokoTheClown or Messmer's FelixTheCat, the ''Oswald'' cartoons quickly became a hit series with the public. Oswald was even the first Creator/{{Disney}} cartoon character to receive his own tie-in merchandise (e.g., candy, stuffed animals, and pinback buttons)! Walt finally had a hit cartoon star, and it seemed like nothing could go wrong...

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While it didn't reach the level of success of Fleischer's KokoTheClown WesternAnimation/KokoTheClown or Messmer's FelixTheCat, WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, the ''Oswald'' cartoons quickly became a hit series with the public. Oswald was even the first Creator/{{Disney}} cartoon character to receive his own tie-in merchandise (e.g., candy, stuffed animals, and pinback buttons)! Walt finally had a hit cartoon star, and it seemed like nothing could go wrong...
30th May '16 5:45:16 PM eroock
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-->--'''The Creator/WalterLantz Oswald theme'''.

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-->--'''The -->-- '''The Creator/WalterLantz Oswald theme'''.
24th May '16 6:46:44 AM kawaiichan500
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* NamesTheSame: There are two shorts in the series, years apart from each other, called "County Fair" (although the 1934 one [[XtremelyKoolLetterz has a K in it]]).



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: "Radio Rhythm", an early Lantz Oswald with numerous outdated references to 1930's radio stars.
2nd May '16 10:49:30 AM Prinzenick
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** "Hells Heels" is a parody of the western film "Hells Heroes", and several bits of the cartoon spoof plot points from the film.

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** "Hells Heels" is a parody of the western film "Hells Heroes", Heroes" (itself inspired by the [[Literature/TheBible Three Wise Men story]]), and several bits of the cartoon spoof plot points from the film.
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