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Oswald the Rabbit is the conductor on a runaway trolley.

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Oswald the Rabbit dusts and oils his trolley for another day of work. He chases off the local bunnies, who are playing on it. A big, fat piglet jumps on a bit later; Oswald's method of pig-removal is to punch the porker in the face. Oswald drives up to the water tower, which is full of passengers, not water. He dumps them into his trolley, and they're off. The rabbit's first problem of the day is getting past a haughty cow who refuses to budge from the tracks. A steep hill causes him another headache, while a butt-happy goat gives him trouble at the other end. But the real trouble comes when he loses control of the car as it careens down a hillside. Written by J. Spurlin

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Trolley Troubles (1927) is the first Oswald the Rabbit cartoon released and the second one produced. (The first one produced was Poor Papa (1928).) See more »

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Oswald removes his foot and kisses it for good luck. Every time he kisses it, his stump disappears. See more »

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Referenced in Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931) See more »

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Historically important...and all but forgotten.
24 May 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the very first of many Oswald films and like those of the first year of production, they were made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks for Universal Pictures. Later, Universal showed their appreciation for the two for making Oswald a star by threatening to cut their salaries! As a result, the two walked...and soon created Mickey Mouse and the rest is history. Considering you probably have not heard about Oswald, you can see who won out in this battle!

The form I saw this cartoon in is not the original silent version. This one had a soundtrack and sound effects added later--after STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928) revolutionized the cartoon industry by being the first with a soundtrack and synchronized sound effects. Considering that the addition was done well, it served to improve the film considerably.

While I enjoyed this film, I have scored it much lower than Disney's first independent cartoons, PLANE CRAZY and STEAMBOAT WILLIE. That's because the animation quality of TROLLEY TROUBLES is much more rough (it's amazing what a year more practice would produce) and these later films just were funnier. As for Oswald, he was okay as a character but not exactly the equal to the mouse.


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