When Japanese researcher Yasushi Watanabe (84) bought an animated film decades ago when he was still in high school, he still knew that he had earned one of the few surviving testimonies of Oswald, the predecessor of Mickey Mouse.
The price of 500 yen (close to four euros at current prices) has now been revealed by the rare Walt Disney cartoon "Neck" Neck, which focused on Oswald, the lucky rabbit (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit), a hero by was created by Disney, before Mickey Mouse, who will be 90 years old next week.
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported to Yasushi Watanabe, 84, when he read the book "Oswald, Lucky Rabbit: Finding Lost Disney Rituals" published a year ago by David Bossert, producer of Disney's studio.
The book talked about 26 short films produced in the early years by Disney, in which Oswald was playing, which was lost. Watanabe acknowledged that he had acquired one of these copies for more than 60 years.
Oswald was a long-term figure with a small round black nose, created by Disney in 1920, from which he lost copyright. To replace him, Mickey Mouse and his first movie "Steamboat Willie", which was first shown 90 years ago on November 18, 1928, put the form.
The film, bought by Watanabe, "Mickey Manga Spider", lasts about five minutes in the original version and two minutes in the screen of small projectors of the time. He shows the story of a policeman who burns Oswald and his girlfriend on a motorcycle. As the trio crosses the roads, hills and valleys, signs and their vehicles stretch and shrink as if the harmony is in the films of the American producer and director.
According to the possibility, Watanabe pointed out, the Japanese newspaper contacted the book's author and Walt Disney, who confirmed that Mickey Manga Spider is one of the missing films whose original title is "Door and Door" n "Door" ).
"We are very pleased to know that a copy of the lost film," said Becky Cline, who heads the Walt Disney archive in the Japanese newspaper. "As a fan of Disney for many years, I am happy to be able to participate in this discovery," said Watanabe, a Japanese researcher specializing in the history of animated films.
The short film is now in the Kobe Planet film archive, while a 50-second copy of the same animation, which was newly discovered at the Toy Museum in Kyoto, is being tested.