Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Walt Disney|
|Story by||Walt Disney|
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 5, 1927|
|Running time||5:46 min.|
|Followed by||Oh Teacher|
Trolley Troubles is a 1927 animated short subject film, produced and directed by Walt Disney. The cartoon is noted for being the first appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that Disney and Ub Iwerks created for Universal Pictures and Charles B. Mintz. Oswald would later serve as the basis for Mickey Mouse.
In the early summer of 1927, Disney finished the first Oswald cartoon, entitled Poor Papa. However, Universal was not very satisfied. They had expected a more Charlie Chaplin-like character and thought Oswald was too elderly and too fat. Disney agreed to make some changes and the cartoon was not released in theatres at the time.
Instead, Oswald's second-produced cartoon was submitted for release: Trolley Troubles. Universal was pleased and the short was released by Universal on September 5, 1927.
The press loved the new cartoon series Walt made and Oswald became a true hero. From that moment on, a new cartoon was released every two weeks.
As for Poor Papa, it was released eventually in theatres, although Universal held it back until 1928. In total, nine Oswald cartoons were released in 1927.
The cartoon was reissued November 23, 1931 after Walter Lantz Productions took over the Oswald series. This re-release was completed with music and sound effects.
In 2007, Trolley Troubles was released on Disney DVD in the Walt Disney Treasures volume The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Oswald is preparing a trolley to transport his bunny kids and other animal characters, but there are some obstacles. One is a cow that walks onto the tracks and refuses to move until Oswald drives the trolley underneath her. Oswald thinks that all is well until the hill gets steep. Oswald uses a goat to get the trolley up the hill; then down the hill.
The trolley unexpectedly goes onto a bumpy road, forcing Oswald to toss his bunny kids out of the trolley one by one. Oswald prays that he'll live; takes off his foot and rubs it on his head (as per the saying that a rabbit's foot gives you good luck). Eventually the trolley crashes into a river and becomes a raft. Oswald uses a big stick to row it downstream.
- Susanin, Timothy S.; Miller, Diane Disney (April 7, 2011). Walt Before Mickey: Disney's Early Years, 1919–1928. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 78. ISBN 9781604739602. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "BBC News - Could Oswald the Lucky Rabbit have been bigger than Mickey?". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
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