A thoroughly entertaining history of Disney's forgotten cartoon star of the 1920s. Tracing the character's whereabouts over the last ninety years, author Bossert documents all of the Disney-created Oswald silent-screen comedies, his long-lost exile, and his lucky' rediscovery in recent years and examines the rabbit's pivotal place in Disney history. Important new research-a vital read for those who think they already know the whole Disney studio story. Bravo!—Jerry Beck, animation historian
Never before has so much unique Oswald the Lucky Rabbit information been collected in one publication and shared with the general public. This book is chock-full of careful research, documentation, and compiled by Bossert and Gerstein-and I highly recommend it both to film history scholars and casual animation fans alike.—Tommy Jos? Stathes, early animation historian
If you were to ask most Disney fans about the history of Oswald, they would tell you he was created by Walt Disney, lost to Winkler Productions and as a result of that Mickey Mouse was born. The book colors in the lines and fills in details to present a fuller picture and a deeper understanding of this famous (and lucky) rabbit. The book is a well laid-out history of the Oswald series. The initial chapters give a concise overview of Oswald from creation to loss, regaining control, and his new future. The later chapters cover each of the Oswald cartoons during the Disney years. This book is a must for Disney fans.—Chuck Mirarchi, Disney writer and historian, Disunplugged.com, and contributor to Huffingtonpost.com
We all owe Dave Bossert a tremendous debt for his determined efforts to find and restore the missing films from Oswald's first year. Now, in this richly illustrated volume, Dave shares the details of those films, as well as the adventure of rescuing them from obscurity.—J. B. Kaufman, film historian and coauthor of Walt in Wonderland and Walt Disney?s Silly Symphonies
Disney history is a huge and intriguing jigsaw puzzle. Every day brings discovery of new pieces; every day gives us a better sense of the whole. For years, many of the Oswald cartoons were considered as permanently lost. Thanks to the efforts of Dave Bossert and David Gerstein most of them have now been rediscovered. The story of their quest and of the cartoons themselves is a fascinating one; this book is a page-tuner and a must have' for Disney historians and animation enthusiasts alike.—Didier Ghez, author of They Drew as They Pleased?The Hidden Art of Disney?s Golden Age and They Drew as They Pleased?The Hidden Art of Disney?s Musical Years
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