The sheriff runs Oswald the Rabbit out of town; but then Oswald finds the sheriff's infant son out in the desert.



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Three desperadoes come to Heela City to rob a bank. One of them is the tough-acting, but ultimately cowardly, Oswald the Rabbit. His two fellow bad men - a dog with an eye patch and another with a peg-leg - force him to blow up the town bank with dynamite. Oswald ends up surviving the explosion that turns the other two villains into animate skeletons. The bank is destroyed, but the safe remains. Oswald tries to open it, but turning the dial only gives him a radio broadcast. And then out of the safe pops the bulldog sheriff. The sheriff runs him out of town. Unluckily for the supposedly lucky rabbit, he comes across a wailing baby out in the desert. The baby, in a gruff voice, reveals that his father is the sheriff Oswald just escaped. Oswald is forced to return to town, not so much by his conscience as by the baby's force of will. Written by J. Spurlin

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2 June 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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[first lines]
Oswald the RabbitPeg-LegEye-Patch: [singing] # We're headin' for the desert / And three bad men we do be. / We're headin' for the desert / And a good ocean that's free #
Oswald the Rabbit: # We're bad babies #
Oswald the RabbitPeg-LegEye-Patch: # As you very soon will see. / We're a high-falutin', / Rootin-tootin' company #
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26 July 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Let's see, Walt Disney invented Oswald, produced him for Charles Mintz and then discovered that he owned no stake.... Mintz basically cheated him out of it and everyone in his studio except Ub Iwerks and Carl Stalling. So he turned around and invented Mickey Mouse, which was basically Oswald with mouse ears instead of rabbit ears and went on to fame and fortune.

In the meantime, Mintz produced some Oswald cartoons and then suddenly discovered he didn't own him either, Oswald belonged to Universal Studios. And, according to legend, Walter Lantz won Universal's animation department in a poker game and worked for his own profit for the next forty years, producing a lot of good cartoons, including Woody Woodpecker.

And in the early 1930s he did a lot of Oswald cartoons, using once and future Disney talent, like Clyde Geronimi here, to excellent effect.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that at this stage, Lantz was clearly producing better cartoons than Disney. Dietrich's music is less sophisticated than Carl Stallings, but more effective, and the gags, I think are better. Get thee to the Universal Studios WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS DVD and take a look for yourself.

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