History WesternAnimation / OswaldTheLuckyRabbit

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: "Radio Rhythm", an early Lantz Oswald with numerous outdated references to 1930's radio stars.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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26th Jan '16 1:45:38 PM Lymantria
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* FoxHunting: Done in the short "The Fox Chase".
9th Jan '16 7:19:38 AM SirTiki
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But alas, his success with Oswald was not to last. In 1928, Disney got into a hassle with Charles Mintz, then ''de facto'' boss of Winkler Pictures during negotiations for the second season of Oswald shorts. When Disney asked Mintz for a 20% budget increase (so that he could continue improving his animation standards), he was told not only that he would receive no budget increase, but that he had to accept a 20% budget ''decrease''. As if things weren't bad enough, Mintz informed Walt that he had been secretly hiring away most of Walt's animation staff under a new contract -- and in the biggest blow of all, he reminded Walt that he technically ''did not own the character or trademark rights to Oswald''. (In fact, it has been said that Charles Mintz actually chose the name for Oswald out of a hat.) So Mintz gave Disney an ultimatum: take the budget cut and loss of staff control, or lose the right to use Oswald altogether.

[[ItWasHisSled We all know how this turned out, folks]]. After completing the remaining ''Oswald'' cartoons they were contracted to make, Walt, his brother Roy, Ub, and the two apprentice animators who'd stuck with them, Les Clark and Wilfred Jackson, left Winkler and Universal altogether. Walt, devastated by the ordeal, learned from there on out to be his own boss, and to always make sure that he owned the full rights to every character he created.

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But alas, his success with Oswald was not to last. In 1928, Disney got into a hassle with Charles Mintz, then ''de facto'' boss of Winkler Pictures during negotiations for the second season of Oswald shorts. When Disney asked Mintz for a 20% budget increase (so that he could continue improving his animation standards), he was told not only that he would receive no budget increase, but that he had to accept a 20% budget ''decrease''. As if things weren't bad enough, And then in a massive blow, Mintz informed Walt that he had been secretly hiring away most of Walt's animation staff under a new contract -- contract, and in as the biggest blow of all, he reminded Walt that he technically ''did not own the character or trademark rights to Oswald''. (In Oswald were owned by Universal Walt was left with no bargaining chip (in fact, it has been said that Charles Mintz actually chose the name for Oswald out of a hat.) hat). So Mintz gave Disney an ultimatum: take the budget cut and loss of staff control, or lose the right to use Oswald altogether.

[[ItWasHisSled We all know how this turned out, folks]]. After completing the remaining ''Oswald'' cartoons they were contracted to make, Walt, his brother Roy, Ub, and the two apprentice animators who'd stuck with them, Les Clark and Wilfred Jackson, Johnny Cannon, left Winkler and Universal altogether. Walt, devastated by the ordeal, learned from there on out to be his own boss, and to always make sure that he owned the full rights to every character he created.
27th Dec '15 10:52:39 AM Prinzenick
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* DemotedToExtra: Despite being the first real star character Disney had, the modern Disney company is rather conservative with how they use Oswald today, despite owning the character now. While he's by no means an off-limits character and has made numerous cameo roles in some of their films, shorts and theme park attractions, Disney has mostly kept him on the sidelines, and outside of the ''Epic Mickey'' games, he has been given no major roles in newer Disney works.

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* DemotedToExtra: Despite being the first real star character Disney had, the modern Disney company is rather conservative with how they use Oswald today, despite owning the character now. While he's by no means an off-limits character and has made numerous cameo roles in some of their films, shorts and theme park attractions, Disney has mostly kept him on the sidelines, and outside of the ''Epic Mickey'' games, games and a story in "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #726", he has been given no major roles in newer Disney works.works.
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