Walt Disney’s original animation creation returns in a brand new short called “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.” In this one minute short, Oswald is going to a movie theater to see an Oswald short when he realizes he needs to be on the screen to kiss his love. Hijinks ensue as he tries to shoot his way into the screen before figuring out, he can use his ears like scissors. In the end, Oswald gets on screen and kisses his love for the audience to see.

It’s a cute short that pays a nice tribute to Walt and his original character. It’s only one minute long, so it’s not hard to sit down and watch. This version of Oswald seems to be a mixture of Mickey and Goofy. He’s cute and sincere like Mickey while still being goofy like, well, Goofy. It’s nice and I hope they do more with the character.

My only issue with this is not with the short but with the distribution. While this short is cute, it’s not enough to be the big Friday drop for Disney+. That may have been fine during the content drought of 2020 when pandemic restrictions were in place everywhere, but, by now, this should be part of a much bigger drop. If Oswald is going to be the big drop, it needs to be longer than one minute short. If it were an Oswald series, it would be great, but one short isn’t enough.

Oswald’s character has a long and contentious history. Walt created Oswald before hitting it big and lost the rights to the character. Years later, Disney as the owners of ABC traded the contract of sportscaster Al Michaels to NBC for the rights to Oswald. While he’s been used somewhat during that timeframe, this is the first time he’s taken on a starring role in anything for the company.

It’s still a really cute short that is definitely worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of early Disney. It’s a nice homage to Walt’s past while still creating a fun short for the present.

Rating: 4 stars

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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