Walt Disney and his team created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 1927 between the Alice Comedies and the Mickey Mouse series. Oswald was one of Disney's first animated stars, appearing in 26 silent shorts from 1927 to 1928. Disney lost the rights to the character in a contract dispute with Universal Pictures, which continued producing the cartoons until 1943. Historian David Bossert, who was a Disney animator for more than 30 years, uses sketches, photographs, scripts and other archival materials to trace the origins of the little-known rabbit in his new book, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, which he signs tonight. Bossert also chronicles how Walt Disney Studios reacquired the rights to Oswald in 2006, and from there goes into the studio's ongoing search for the missing films.
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