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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Lost Disney Film Discovered 70 Years Later

Seventy years ago, teenager Yasushi Watanabe purchased what he thought was an obscure 16mm cartoon for only $4.40. Here’s where the story of the lost Disney film begins—it wasn’t what he thought. Instead, it was a rare film of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse’s obscure and historic predecessor.


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Watanabe, who grew up to become an anime historian, realized the film’s true contents while reading Disney-employed artist David Bossert‘s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons. (Even more shockingly, you just realized ‘anime historian’ is a real job.) Though the film bore the label ‘Mickey Manga Speedy,’ Wantanabe recognized it as lost Oswald film Neck ‘n’ Neck. Time and copyright law have hidden Oswald from a modern audience. Debuting in 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit existed for just one short year.


By 1928, intellectual property disputes killed Oswald, with Universal Studios snatching up the rights. Though there were later Oswald cartoons, they were more slapstick and topical, lacking Disney’s intentions to create a cartoon character who could be complex and human. In an incredible (if unintentional) screw-you move, Disney went on to create a new animated protagonist. Maybe you’ve heard of Mickey Mouse.


Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse

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The lost film features a wild car chase as police officers try to capture Oswald and his girlfriend. (No, we don’t know what Oswald did.) Disney Archives director Becky Cline said of the discovery: “we are absolutely delighted to learn that a copy of the lost film exists.” Of the twenty-six total Oswald films, only nineteen have been properly archived. That means that Neck ‘n’ Neck is one of seven lost films, an incredible rarity. It also means there might be as many as six more. Where might they turn up? Who knows, when anyone could find one—apparently, all you need is $4.40.



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thai cave

Scramble Begins for Book and Films Rights for Thai Cave Rescue

They were trapped. There was no way out. Floodwaters were rising. Both air and time was running low. Then, against all hope, divers emerged from the churning water, guiding them to safety. Almost everyone made it out alive, and the one man died, did so a hero.


And now it’s time for the book deal.


The dramatic stranding and rescue of a group of young boys and their soccer coach in a flooded cave in Thailand enthralled audiences around the world. The race has started for the rights to tell their story, both on the page and screen.


Desperate people trapped in dangerous places are cinematic gold for producers and guaranteed page-turners for publishers. Recall the thirty-three Chilean miners stuck underground for sixty-nine long days in 2010. Their official account of the events was written by a journalist to whom the miners collectively gave exclusive access while still trapped. Development of the film version started not long after the rescue ended, with the movie released in 2015.


Producers hit the ground early in Thailand, aiming for the soccer team’s life rights. The co-founder of a production company on the scene of the rescue said: 


You get their stories, and then it’s a matter of making sure the writer can tell the story in a dramatic and inspirational way. At the same time, these stories still have to be entertaining and moving.


Discovery quickly ordered a documentary about the rescue once all the boys and their coach were pulled out. Operation Thai Cave Rescue will premiere Friday July 13th.


While there might not be enough substance in the events of the story to fill a 300-page book, publishers aren’t doubting there’s a million dollar deal to be made out of the harrowing events of the rescue.


“The question is whether we will we learn anything in the book that we aren’t getting in these incredibly dramatic accounts in the media,” said Jamie Raab of Celadon Books. “Months from now, will it still captivate an audience?”


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close up of Dali's mustache

Salvador Dali’s Mustache Is Still Intact

Salvador Dali has kept his most iconic image ‘stached away. His sprung mustache is said to still be in place on his corpse, according to embalmer Narcís Bardalet.


There have been so many quotes about the magnificent facial hair, giving it its own cult following, separate from the famous surrealist. One that sticks out right now is “To Gala who is the guardian angel of my mustache also.” This quote comes directly from Dali. He wrote an entire book about his stache that is chock-full of fantastic quotes. Here are some other great ones:

Close up of Dali's face and upright 'stache.

Image courtesy of Art Blart


Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.
However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: ‘Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?’
Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.

Dali with mustache twisted into infinity symbol.

Image courtesy of Fancy Sam


“It’s the most serious part of my personality. It’s a very simple Hungarian moustache. Mr. Marcel Proust used the same kind of pomade for this moustache.”


The mustache has survived, even since the death of the artist in 1989. “His moustache is still intact, [like clock hands at] 10 past 10, just as he liked it,” says Bardalet. The body was exhumed to discover if Dali is the biological father of a fortune teller.