Friday, February 10, 2006

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Goes Home

As part of a complicated deal that sends Al Michaels to NBC for football coverage, Disney has reacquired the rights to Walt Disney's very first cartoon character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Disney made 26 Oswald cartoons in 1927, but did not retain rights to the character, which led to his creation of Mickey Mouse.

Diane Disney Miller said: "When Bob [Iger] was named CEO, he told me he wanted to bring Oswald back to Disney, and I appreciate that he is a man of his word."

The Los Angeles Times calls the trade "the first known swap of a primo sportscaster for a geriatric cartoon critter."


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