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Trolley Troubles

An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoon

Release Date : September 15, 1927

Running Time : 5:46

Synopsis

Oswald as the owner of a trolley car, which eventually turns into a very wild ride.

Characters

Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Animation
Ub Iwerks
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Hugh Harman
Les Clark
Friz Freleng
Ben Clopton
Norm Blackburn

Milestones

The first "Oswald" short released.

DVD

United States
Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Silent
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by M. J. Winkler Productions

Comments

From Manny Behar : Delightful and quite advanced by 1927 standards and still quite enjoyable today.

The gags of the trolley adjusting to the track, Oswald reducing the size of the trolley to go under the old cow blocking the tracks and getting the goat to push the trolley up the hill were well done.

The wild roller coaster type ride is a forerunner to a forerunner of later Disney wild rides, Mickey's Trailer is one that comes to my mind.

A solid start to the Oswald series and it is easy to see why Oswald became a success. If Disney had kept the rights to Oswald he rather than Mickey might have become the greatest cartoon star of all.


From Ryan : Here is Oswald's first cartoon. It is quite advanced for it's day. During the sequence in which Oswald rides through the tunnel, the viewer can almost feel like he/she is riding through that tunnel as well (long before computer animation too). A similar gag was reused in Mickey's Choo Choo and the Flip the Frog cartoon The New Car. Like Plane Crazy, Iwerks animated this cartoon by himself.
From Billy Joe : Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is one of the funniest cartoon characters ever! (Well, at least the Disney version is. I don't know much about the Lantz version.) His very first cartoon, Trolley Troubles is probably his funniest cartoon I've seen. It includes many sight gags that don't even use words, and it's hilarious. I do also like the "tunnels" sequence. It is almost like your really going through a tunnel. I give this short a ten and I recommend it. (I recommend all of the Oswald cartoons.)
From Brandon : This was a great cartoon - certainly the best of the surviving Oswald cartoons. The animation was far more detailed than previous Oswalds, and the gags were as plentiful and inventive as always. When watching it, I noticed that the later Oswalds were of a somewhat higher quality than the earliest Mickeys, which makes sense, I suppose, since they basically went from a full team of animators working for one of the biggest distributors of the time to a few people making cartoons in secret for no distributor at all.
From David Ramses : This cartoon is great! Note the brilliant animation. Shame that only half of them Oswald Cartoons survived.
From Kristen Ramirez : I recently became an Oswald fan last year. But when I saw this short I had saw the re-issued version with sound. The sound version was totally off until I got the DVD. This turned out to be one of my all time favorites other than Oh What a Knight. I loved the POV shots. This one stands out the most.
From Bob J. : I hadn't realized that this was the first Oswald cartoon (aside from "Poor Papa", which I hadn't seen and probably never want to because of the feedback received), but I have to say, it's still as funny as the later cartoons. One of my favorite gags is when a bunny kid watches Ozzie oil the trolley's underside, then he pulls the kid away and squirts him with oil. Gets me every time I watch this.

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