"Poor Papa" (found "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" animated short; 1927)

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The poster for Poor Papa.

Status: Found

Date found: 31 Jan '17

Found by: The Walt Disney Company

Poor Papa is the first Oswald The Lucky Rabbit short, created in 1927 by Walt Disney. In this short, Oswald gets a visit from a stork who continues to drop babies into his chimney at a rapid pace.

Surviving Copies

There were three copies known to exist. The first copy was sold in 2001 for a decidedly small fee of $100; the second copy was sold for £170, and the third copy was sold in 2014 for $7,500. None of them had been ripped from the Internet, and the cartoon was not aired on television because of it, allegedly, "wasn't high-quality enough."

It seemed that the copies sold only included 3 minutes of the short (a bit less than half of it), so the rest of the short was thought to have been permanently gone.

In 2007, Disney released their Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit DVD, with 13 short subjects contained in it. Allegedly, Disney tried to obtain one of the prints of Poor Papa to put on the disc, but failed to do so before the release of the DVD.[1]

Official Release

On January 31st, 2017, for Oswald's 90th anniversary, Poor Papa was released in full as a bonus feature on the Pinocchio Signature Collection Blu-ray release. The total length of the short is 5 minutes and 17 seconds. It was reported that it was restored from a scan of a 16mm silent home film print from the UK. This release also has a brand new orchestral score to accompany the short.[2]



The full short ripped from the Blu-ray.


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