Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is the first animal-based character made by Disney productions. In 1927, Universal Studios hired Disney studios to make him for Alice Comedies. Universal Studios owned the character by law.
According to Disney, Universal Studios named him "Oswald" by picking the name out of a hat.
Oswald was called the lucky rabbit because of the idea of rabbits' feet being lucky. In his cartoons, Oswald would pull off his own foot, rub it for luck, and then put it back.
Oswald is drawn with big eyes, big ears and shorts like the ones Mickey Mouse wears.
When Disney separated from Universal Studios, the artists there made a new character called Mickey Mouse. Meanwhile, Universal used Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in comics in 1935 and in animated programs until 1943.
- "Could Oswald the Lucky Rabbit have been bigger than Mickey?". BBC. December 3, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2020.