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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film)) Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
David A. Bossert
Review by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons presents a history of the origins of the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio and the hit they had in 1927 with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, whose history has, surprisingly, been 'lost' until now.
Basically, if it weren't for Oswald, Disney may not have evolved to become the powerhouse it is today - but that journey was anything but linear. It involved Oswald's initial rejection, his eventual acceptance, and how Disney lost the contract to their first major character; only regaining the twenty-six Walt Disney created Oswald cartoons (and returning Oswald to his proper place in Disney history) six decades later.
Oswald's happy-go-lucky demeanor and his clever ability to come out on top of any situation predated Mickey's evolution and reflected creator Walt Disney's approach to life itself.
So how did Walt's first major animated success result not only in losing the contract, but in Oswald's journey into animation obscurity for so many years? Disney fans will quickly come to realize this story isn't just about Oswald's evolutionary process, but about Walt Disney's own evolution as he furthered his animation efforts and created the foundations of what was to become his more famous Mickey Mouse character.
From legends and realities to common animation practices of the day and how cartoons are 'lost' over time, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit packs in visual embellishments, from animation frames to vintage photos, in its efforts to trace Oswald's history through copyright synopsis, surviving film documents, and episode reviews.
Packed with illustration as it is, readers almost don't need the rare vintage Oswald film in order to enjoy this recreation of historical record that offers such in-depth discussion about Oswald's adventures and evolution.
Recommended for Disney fans, prior Oswald enthusiasts, and animation history readers alike, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons fills in many blanks and offers specifics about animation processes, legalese, and the process of researching and recapturing lost cartoons, and is a 'must' for any collection strong in Disney characters and history.
About the Author
David A. Bossert is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and author. He is a thirty-two-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company and is an independent producer and creative director. Dave is considered an authority and expert on Disney animation and history. He co-authored Disney Animated, which was named iPad App of 2013 by Apple and won a prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award. He is also the author of Remembering Roy E. Disney: Memories and Photos of a Storied Life; An Animator's Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters; and Dali and Disney: Destino'The Story, Artwork, and Friendship Behind the Legendary Film; and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons. You can connect with Dave on social media and/or at www.davidbossert.com.
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Only thing I did have wanted to know little bit more about but the book doesn't seems to devot any pages to the resently discovered High Up, with was once thought to be WInkler/Mintz Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short. But resent rediscovery seems to confirm according to mr Borsset himself in interviews regarding the book that seems to be have been made by Disney instead of Mintz, but the book itself goes in no further detail on this particular short, so maybe they didn't have any further informaation on this particular short other than a film print of short itself so maybe they didn't think it was worth the inclusion in the book at this time. Licking some important details regarding its production.
Bossert's book is clearly a labor of love, and he should be thoroughly commended for his hard work in finding Oswald's lost shorts after Disney reacquired the rights to this irascible, loveable character.