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The Mechanical Cow (1927)

Oswald wakes up grumpy and takes it out on his alarm clock, afterward trying his best to wake up the mechanical cow sleeping in the bed beside him, with limited success. They finally do get... See full summary »

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Oswald wakes up grumpy and takes it out on his alarm clock, afterward trying his best to wake up the mechanical cow sleeping in the bed beside him, with limited success. They finally do get going, sailing around the barnyard offering milk to denizens of the farm. When kidnappers arrive and takes Oswald's girlfriend away, he and the cow set off to rescue her. Written by jjwbenso

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3 October 1927 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Early Disney, with Oswald the Rabbit
16 December 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

No doubt, some people believe Walt Disney started with a certain mouse and, in one sense, they'd be right-Disney started working more or less as an independent in 1928 and Plane Crazy, the first Mickey, was his first effort. But Disney actually did shorts for a number of years under contract, until Charles Mintz basically offered Disney a deal he had to refuse, that Mintz probably intended he refuse from the beginning. The character of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was the principal character and series Disney was doing for his contract with Mintz, but Disney didn't hold the rights to Oswald and lost him when the deal didn't renew. Had the deal renewed, while Mickey would likely have developed anyway, the attention would have continued to be with Waldo and Disney would have taken a different road. Of such things is history made. Exit rabbit enter mouse.

As for this cartoon, it's a very good early Disney silent. Fairly good sight gags and good imagination from the animators to make the short funny even with no sound and the inherent limitations (and advantages) that lack caused. Good fun and you could see glimpses of the Disney touch. Well worth seeing. Recommended for animation fans.


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