Long "Lost" Early Disney Cartoon Discovered

Subscribe to Walt Disney alerts

Before Mickey was a mouse, he was a rabbit -- named Oswald. But, except for the ears, Oswald is virtually an identical Mickey -- created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1927 and the star of 26 cartoons before receiving a makeover and emerging as Mickey in 1928. Fewer than half of those films still exist. But one of them, Hungry Hobos , long believed to have vanished forever, has been discovered at the Huntley Film Archives in Herefordshire, England, which specializes in social history films. Amanda Huntley, who runs it, told Britain's Guardian newspaper that a colleague stumbled onto the film, Googled the title, and learned that it was regarded as a missing film. "We quickly realized it was one of the great lost films. We posted the news on specialist web forums and everybody was very excited. It is significant because it is Disney but also because the character was the prototype of Mickey Mouse. ... How we ended up with the film, I don't know. It was probably collected by my father who started the company and it has been sitting on our shelves for decades. We have decided to sell it because it is not really what we specialize in and we can use the money to preserve other films we have." Stephanie Connell of the action house Bonhams, which will be handling the sale, told The Guardian , " Hungry Hobos is an incredible find, a lost masterpiece and a cartoon with a unique and vital place in animation history."



Tags: Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse - The Guardian

Subscribe to Walt Disney alerts

More Walt Disney

The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory: Assessing Animated Sequels, Old And New

You don’t have to be a under 12 years old to be a fan of animated movies (we are probably the best example of this!),...

Is 'Frozen' The Best Disney Movie Of All Time?

If we told you that Frozen looks set to overtake Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated feature film of all time, would you...

Mars Needs Mom, R.I.P.D, 13th Warrior: The Forgotton Box Office Flops

You know that old saying ‘Money can’t buy you happiness’? Well it can’t buy a box office hit, either! You can pump millions of dollars...

Meryl Streep Toasts Emma Thompson And Roasts Walt Disney

Meryl Streep has been a self-professed feminist throughout her career and she walked the walk on during Tuesday night’s National Board of Review gala in...


Diane Disney Miller Dies, Aged 79

Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney, has died at her home in Napa, California, following complications to her health acquired during a fall...

Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Delayed Until 2015 After Losing Director

Walt Disney Pictures have delayed yet another movie, with the latest victim being Pixar film 'The Good Dinosaur'. Disney have pushed it back nearly 18...

Woody Allen Will Be Honoured At Golden Globes With Lifetime Achievement Award

Woody Allen is to be awarded the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years awards show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Tom Hanks In Saving Mr. Banks [Trailer + Pictures]

The long-awaited Walt Disney film, featuring Tom Hanks as the controversial man himself, is getting closer and closer, and we’ve got some stills of Hanks...



Walt Disney Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Walt Disney

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All