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Oswald the Lucky RabbitOswald the Lucky Rabbit is an animated cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney for cartoons distributed by Universal Studios in the 1920s and 1930s.
Oswald was first introduced in 1927 after Disney's series of Alice Comedies had run its course. Disney signed a new contract with Universal head Carl Laemmle where he would produce a series of cartoons under Charles B. Mintz and George Winkler. The first Oswald cartoon, Poor Papa, was rejected by the Universal studio heads. After this, Disney, together with Ub Iwerks, created a second cartoon called Trolley Troubles. The short officially launched the series and proved to be Disney's greatest success yet.
A few of Oswald's adventures dealt with humour related to the procreative abilities of his species, as illustrated in the episode description of Poor Papa: "Oswald gets a visit from the stork... again and again and again. He has to resort to a variety of strategies to stop the continual flow of babies." Other cartoons generally placed Oswald in more human-type conditions and situations.
In spring 1928, with the series going strong, Disney asked Mintz for an increase in the budget. But Mintz instead demanded that Walt take a 20% budget cut, and as leverage, he revealed to Disney that he had already signed Disney's current employees to his new contract. Disney refused the demand and quit. While he finished the remaining Oswald cartoons owed to Mintz under the old contract, Disney, along with Ub Iwerks and Les Clark (who had remained loyal to Walt and refused the Mintz deal) created what would become the symbol of The Walt Disney Company, Mickey Mouse, the most famous of Walt Disney's characters.
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