– by Seth McDonald

A very rare old Disney cartoon has been found. The short film, titled, “Neck ‘n’ Neck” starred the per-cursor to Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The short film was made in 1927 and has an original runtime over about 5 minutes, however the version producer for home projectors was cut down to two minutes.

A man by the name of Yasushi Watanabe purchased the film when he was in high school, in Osaka, Japan.  And was unaware of how rare the item was until he read a recently pblished book called, “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons”. The book was written by a former producer for Disney by the name of David Bossert. The author hopes to be able to have a screening for the short film.

Watanabe, who is now the right old age of 84 had the following to say.

“I’ve been a Disney fan for many years and I’m happy that I have been able to play a role in this discovery”,

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Director of the Walt Disney Archives, Becky Cline, said the company is very pleased the film was found.

“We are absolutely delighted to learn that a copy of the lost film exists”

While I from time to time enjoy the old Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy movies, Can’t say that I am a fan of animated films this old. However, I do recognize it’s importance to the genre as a whole and like Disney, am also glad it was unearthed.

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Source: Asahi