Though you’d be hard-pressed to find someone inside the Disney fan community today who doesn’t know of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, you don’t have to go very far outside of it or back in time to find many who don’t. Created by Walt Disney under contract for Universal Studios in 1927, Oswald was an instant and phenomenal success, but when Walt was kicked to the curb, Mickey Mouse would emerge a year later and after a bit of struggling of his own, Oswald was condemned to oblivion for decades.
In 2013, FSU film student Clara Diez made an eight minute film titled The Forgotten Rabbit to help share Oswald’s epic story from success to nothingness to a new start in Junction Point’s ‘Epic Mickey’ video game series. As part of the documentary, which features clips from the Oswald shows, often highlighting the many visual gags, Diez and her fellow students interviewed several notable people including Diane Disney Miller, author and Walt Disney Family Museum co-founder Timothy S. Susanin, Disney historian J.B. Kaufman and creative talent at the now defunct Junction Point Studios.
The short film will be screened as part of Comic-Con’s International Film Festival at the Marriott Marquis and Marina on Friday, July 25 from 10:15 pm – 10:25 pm but for those not attending Comic-Con or unable to make it, it is currently available to watch online.
(h/t Pink Bunny)