Asahi Shimbun reports that cartoon cards, entitled Neck n 'Neck, were part of the collection of an anime history researcher,…
Asahi Shimbun reports that cartoon cards, entitled Neck n ‘Neck, were part of the collection of an anime history researcher, Yasushi Watanabe, who bought it in Osaka while still a high school student about 70 years ago.
At that time, the movie, which had received the Japanese title “Mickey Manga Spide” or Mickey Cartoon Speedy, cost $ 500 ($ 4.40 at current exchange rates).
It has a sign, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, who, in a two-minute consumer version owned by the researcher, is chased by a dog traffic police during a date. A longer version of five minutes was also produced.
Despite his profession, before reading the book, Watanabe was ignorant of how rare ̵
1; and significant – the film was.
Suspects that his copy may be one of the missing films, Watanabe worked with Asahi Shimbun to contact Bossert and Walt Disney Archives, confirming that the film was indeed one of the missing pieces.
“As I’ve been a Disney fan for many years, I’m glad I could play a role (in discovery),” says Watanabe.
“We are very excited to learn that a copy of the lost movie exists,” said Becky Cline, director of Walt Disney Archives, the newspaper.
A shorter movie clip also filmed in Toy Film Museum in Kyoto as a result of Bossert’s Book, Asahi Shimbun article reports.
Oswald was phased out of Disney after legal crush over the character’s rights that led another company to control the creation – described in Disney’s archive as a “brazen theft” – leading the famous cartoonist to elaborate another animal-based character – Mickey Mouse 1928.
November 18 marks the 90th anniversary of the premiere of “Steamboat Willie”, the first public appearance of probably the most famous cartoon character in the world, and the reason for what would become one of the world’s largest entertainers.