On this day in Disney history, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit made his on-screen debut in the 1927 short “Trolley Troubles.”
Created by Walt Disney and (now Disney Legend) Ub Iwerks, Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character, who appeared in 26 shorts and was so popular that Oswald became the first Disney character to inspire a merchandise line. Unfortunately, Oswald was lost to another company in a business deal in 1928. But the loss of Oswald went on to be a blessing in disguise, however, as losing his most successful character yet motivated Walt Disney to create Mickey Mouse, who debuted on screen in late 1928.
The Walt Disney Company regained the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 2006, and in the years since, he’s begun greeting guests at Tokyo DisneySea and Disney California Adventure park. He can also be found on merchandise at Disney Parks around the globe.
And in honor of Oswald’s birthday, we’d like to share with you our popular “Learn to Draw” tutorial so you can learn how you can bring this historic character to life yourself! Check it out below.
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- Jack Skellington from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
- Olaf from ‘Frozen’
- Olaf from ‘Frozen’ Special Edition
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
- Pascal from ‘Rapunzel’
- Scrooge McDuck from ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’
- Stitch from ‘Lilo and Stitch’
- Sorcerer Mickey from ‘Fantasia’
- Tinker Bell from ‘Peter Pan’
- Winnie the Pooh