VIDEO: Oswald Lost Short ‘Harem Scarem’ Re-Created in Storyboard Animation
For Disney D23 members fortunate enough to have attended one of the nationwide D23 Fanniversary events will no doubt recall the video below as being one of the many highlights of the event. Using sketches found within the Disney Archives, the staff produced a video re-creating what might have been a scene from the 1928 lost short, Harem Scarem, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Yahoo! has now exclusively released the re-created segment online:
According to DisneyShorts.org, Oswald is a tourist in a Moroccan cafe and falls in love with a dancing girl, who he inevitably has to rescue from the clutches of Pete.
Oswald, who was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2006, was famously created by Walt Disney and proved to be extremely successful, inspiring a healthy merchandising campaign, before losing creative interest at the hands of Charles Mintz, who oversaw Winkler Productions, the company that produced the shorts that were distributed by Universal. In response to losing control over Oswald, along with many of his key animators, Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse in secret, producing the shorts directly for themselves and creating cartoon history.