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    Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (Universal, 1934). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Oswald the Rabbit had his beginnings with Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. They introduced the series in 1927, and a year later the cartoons were a big hit. So Disney went to Charles Mintz at Universal and asked for a raise. He was told instead that the studio already had signed most of his people to lower contracts and that he was to take a 20% total budget cut! Disney, Iwerks, and a couple of great animators, Les Clark and Wilfred Jackson, told Mintz where to stick the offer and left the Oswald series after one year, modifying the rabbit into another cute lil' varmint they thought they might be able to market--Mickey Mouse! He looked a bit like Oswald, but was carefully changed to avoid litigation with Mintz. Mintz subsequently set up his own shop (with mostly ex-Disney employees) and began producing Oswald cartoons, but Carl Laemmle at Universal didn't care for those so he fired Mintz and hired Walter Lantz to produce them directly at Universal Studios. This stock sheet from the mid-1930s is one of the best Oswald posters in that it has 20 different poses and attitudes for the rabbit in a "style-sheet" fashion. The poster has been placed on linen with some minimal touch-up for crossfold separations with small paper loss. Very Fine- on Linen.


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