Friday, April 4, 2014

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Arrives at Tokyo DisneySea!

So at first I thought this was an April Fools day prank, based on when it was posted, but apparently it's actually true!

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has finally come to Disney Parks -- specifically (for now?) Tokyo DisneySea!

Both images from Disney Parks Blog

He has previously shown up in Tokyo, Florida and California but never has a costume character, only on parade floats or posters.

For those of you who are unsure who Oswald is, here's a snippet from his Wikipedia article:

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (also known as Oswald the Rabbit or Oswald Rabbit) is an anthropomorphic rabbit and animated cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney for funny animal films distributed by Universal Pictures in the 1920s and 1930s. Walt Disney was eventually separated from the project and went on to create Mickey MouseCharles Mintz, and later Walter Lantz, took over production, creating new Oswald cartoons until 1943.
In 2003 Buena Vista Games pitched a concept for an Oswald-themed video game to Disney President and COO Bob Iger, who then became committed to bringing Oswald back to Disney. In 2006, nearly 80 years after Disney left Universal, The Walt Disney Company managed to acquire the intellectual property of Oswald and the catalog of Disney-produced Oswald films (with NBC/Universal effectively trading Oswald for the services of Al Michaels as play by play announcer on NBCSunday Night Football).

Ever since I started playing Epic Mickey, I have fallen in love with Oswald and his history.  I've waited years for him to come permanently to the Parks, and I believe this means he has!

Or, Disney, hurry up and bring him to the States!


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