|In "Tall Timber," Oswald temporarily gets smashed into six Oswalds.|
In 2006, the Walt Disney Company traded sports broadcaster Al Michaels to Universal for Oswald, among many other contractual details. A few years later, Disney properly reintroduced Oswald to the public via the video game Epic Mickey, which was a success. Then Oswald was a playable character in Epic Mickey 2, which by many accounts was a commercial and critical failure. We'll get back to that later.
If you need a quick crash course in the Lucky Rabbit, check out two Disney-era films, "Trolley Troubles":
(There is a restored version of "Trolley Troubles," but the one posted above contains a hilarious quasi-voice for Oswald, as well as a well-placed sound-effect when he squirts one of his children.)
...and "Oh What a Knight":
(Oswald's post-Disney cameo in King of Jazz is also hilarious.)
|Danger is his middle name...|
|...but Safety is his mother's maiden name.|
Oswald quickly became an irresistible subject for various Instagram snapshots. Being well-aware of the ubiquitous trend of photos of food on Instagram, I had Oswald pose with the food:
...thus making these particular snapshots slightly different than the rest.
I had several adventures at Anaheim's Disneyland Resort in January, and of course, I had to take Oswald along, or rather, Oswald had to take me along.
|Oswald at Oswald's (Disney California Adventure).|
|Princesses love Oswald.|
|The staff at Oswald's like their boss.|
Since the boss's brother (Oswald) is now on good terms with the boss (Mickey) himself, hopefully it's only a matter of time before the Lucky Rabbit gets to wander the various Disney parks as a meet-and-greet character, and not as my lucky ad-hoc bowtie. (From Oswald's point-of-view, I'm his weird, oversize backpack.)
Then again, since Epic Mickey 2 was a failure, it might be a while until Disney re-reintroduces Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the masses. Until then, Oswald is kind of a hipster Disney character, more hipster than Hipster Ariel.
|Oswald, because Mickey is way too mainstream.|