History WesternAnimation / OswaldTheLuckyRabbit

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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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.
2nd May '16 10:48:00 AM Prinzenick
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** "Not So Quiet" is a parody of the Universal film ''Film/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''.
2nd May '16 10:47:07 AM Prinzenick
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* AffectionateParody: "Spooks" is basically an abridged cartoon burlesque of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', right down to emulating the infamous unmasking scene from the Lon Chaney Phantom film from the 1920's.

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"Spooks" is basically an abridged cartoon burlesque of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', right down to emulating the infamous unmasking scene from the Lon Chaney Phantom film from the 1920's.


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** "Wax Works" is a spoof of Universal horror films, as well as the film ''Film/MysteryOfTheWaxMuseum.''
2nd May '16 10:45:22 AM Prinzenick
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* AlternateContinuity: Universal still owns the ownership and distribution rights to these post-Disney Oswald Rabbit cartoons and can distribute them even after Disney got the rights to the Oswald Rabbit character from them, but Disney considers them separate from the appearances Oswald made under Walt and the company today. Tellingly, VideoGame/EpicMickey deliberately ignored mentioning these cartoons.



* CanonDiscontinuity: If ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' is anything to go by.
14th Apr '16 6:39:52 AM Prinzenick
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* DarkerAndEdgier: In contrast to the Disney shorts, the Lantz Oswalds initially had much bawdier, weirder humor and sometimes grayer morality than Disney would have ever dared go--especially evident in shorts like "Hell's Heels", "Chile Con Carne" and "Kounty Fair" (1934).


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* DenserAndWackier: In contrast to the Disney shorts, the Lantz Oswalds initially had much bawdier, weirder humor and sometimes grayer morality than Disney would have ever dared go--especially evident in shorts like "Hell's Heels", "Chile Con Carne" and "Kounty Fair" (1934).
8th Feb '16 5:10:34 PM GrammarNavi
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In the waning years of [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation the Silent Age]], Walt Disney was -- for lack of a better term -- a nobody. Thrice, he had attempted to enter the field of animation, and all three efforts had led to dead ends: first, Walt's doomed ''[[WesternAnimation/NewmanLaughOGrams Newman Laugh-O-Grams]]'' studio; which was followed by his equally-doomed follow-up series ''Lafflets''; and then, by the slightly more successful live action/animation-blending ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies'' series. Finally, distributor Winkler Pictures got Walt and Ub a contract with Creator/{{Universal}} Studios. Walt, Ub, and their staff put together a pilot starring Oswald, called ''Poor Papa''. Though ''Papa'' didn't impress Universal's management, a series of ''Oswald'' short comedies were still given the greenlight, and the Disney staff got right to work, with Oswald's official debut coming in the short ''Trolley Troubles'' (1927).

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In the waning years of [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation the Silent Age]], Walt Disney was -- for lack of a better term -- a nobody. Thrice, he had attempted to enter the field of animation, and all three efforts had led to dead ends: first, Walt's doomed ''[[WesternAnimation/NewmanLaughOGrams Newman Laugh-O-Grams]]'' studio; which was followed by his equally-doomed follow-up series ''Lafflets''; and then, by the slightly more successful live action/animation-blending ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies'' series. Finally, distributor Winkler Pictures got Walt and Ub a contract with Creator/{{Universal}} Studios. Walt, Ub, and their staff put together a pilot starring Oswald, called ''Poor Papa''. Though ''Papa'' didn't impress Universal's management, a series of ''Oswald'' short comedies were still given the greenlight, and the Disney staff got right to work, with Oswald's official debut coming in the short ''Trolley Troubles'' (1927).



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