A lost cartoon staring Walt Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has been discovered. Titled Empty Socks, a 25 second reel was believed to be the only footage of the film around. However, an almost complete copy was found in Norway’s National Library in Mo i Rana.
“At the beginning, we didn’t know it was a lost cinematographic treasure,”
Kjetil Kvale Soerenssen Library Archivist
Created in the mid-1920s, Oswald was in a hand full of cartoons Walt Disney made for Universal from 1927 to 1928. When Uncle Walt left the company, they took the character away from him. This lead to him create Mickey Mouse, and everything else that bears his name. Universal would continue to create Oswald cartoons through out the 1930s and 1940s. In 2006, the Walt Disney Company had gotten the rights to the rabbit back and recently he was a character in the Epic Mickey video game series and voiced by Frank Welker.
David Gerstein, a cartoonist who worked for the Disney company, looked over the footage and has authenticated the movie. A digital copy has been sent to the Disney Company, while the original reels will be staying in Norway. The original cartoon was 5 minutes 30 seconds long, sadly this copy is missing a few seconds. No word yet on what the corporation plans to do with the footage.
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