When Yashi Watanabe bought a cartoon film decades ago as a high school student in the Japanese city of Osaka, he had no idea he was acquiring a history of animation.
But a modest coil is bought for only 500 yen ($ 4.40 in today's money) and was exposed as a rare lost caricature produced by Walt Disney featuring a character that led to the creation of Mickey Mouse.
The discovery was reported by the Asahi Shimbun daily in Japan, and Watanabe contacted a book about the history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the character Disney created in the 1920s.
While Disney created the character, with too big ears and even a button, he lost the rights to another company, and prompted him to develop a new cartoon character: Mickey Mouse.
The book said seven out of 26 short films that Oswald shows that Walt Disney produced were missing, and Watanabe recalls his childhood reel.
It was tagged in Japanese "Mickey Manga Spade" – Mickey Speedy cartoon in English – and a cop appeared on a motorcycle chasing Oswald and his girlfriend in the car.
Like the speed of the trio around the valleys along the roads, the figures and vehicles stretched and narrowed, Asahi reported, using a technique that later appeared in Disney's works.
The newspaper contacted the author of the book and the Walt Disney Archives and confirmed that the wheel was indeed one of the missing films, originally titled "neck" neck.
"We are very pleased to hear that there is a copy of the lost film," said Becky Klein, the archive's director, to the paper.
"As I've been a fan of Disney for many years, I'm glad I was able to play a role in Taglit," added Van Tennabe, an anime researcher at the age of 84.
The purchase of his childhood is now in the archive Kobi Planet, and another film that shows 50 seconds of the same cartoon was also exposed at the Museum of Toy Toys in Kyoto, the newspaper said.
In 2014, Norway's National Library announced that it had discovered a copy of a Walt Disney cartoon featuring Oswald, considered lost.
The cartoon, titled "Blank Stockings," was the first Christmas movie made by the American entertainment giant and discovered during an inventory at the library facility near the Arctic Circle.
A year later, another short film featuring Oswald was screened in Britain, and screened for the first time in 87 years. / kga
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