Sleigh Bells (film)

Sleigh Bells
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
Directed by Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Ub Iwerks
Walt Disney
Studio The Walt Disney Studio
Distributed by Universal Pictures Corporation
Release date(s)
  • July 23, 1928 (1928-07-23)


Color process Black and white
Running time 6 minutes[2] (one reel)
Country United States
Language English

Sleigh Bells is an American animated short film featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. It was directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, and released in 1928 by The Walt Disney Studio. The film was thought to be lost until a print was discovered in the BFI National Archives in 2015.[3][4]


The film has Oswald the Lucky Rabbit playing in an ice hockey game with surreal plot points. With a "winter wonderland backdrop", Oswald takes off his ear to form a balloon plus a laughing donkey, who gets the puck in the mouth which sticks.[2]


The short was animated by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks[2] and was released in 1928.[1] The found footage of film was dated 1931 at a Soho film laboratory. That lab went out of business with its film being sent to the BFI archives in 1981. A lost Disney titles researcher searched through the BFI archive catalog and found its listing. The short was returned to Disney and has since been restored by the Walt Disney Animation Studios. On December 12, 2015, Sleigh Bells was featured in It’s a Disney Christmas: Seasonal Shorts program at BFI Southbank.[1]

Seasonal Shorts

It’s a Disney Christmas: Seasonal Shorts at featured:[5]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Galuppo, Mia (November 3, 2015). "Long Lost 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' Disney Animation Discovered in BFI Archives". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Brown, Mark (November 3, 2015). "Lost 1928 Walt Disney film uncovered in British Film Institute archive". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  3. "'Lost' Disney cartoon Sleigh Bells to be screened". BBC News. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. "'Long-lost' Disney film discovered 88 years after it was made". The Telegraph. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  5. "It's a Disney Christmas: Seasonal Shorts". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
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