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Long-lost Disney short film rediscovered after 78 years in archive

Disney animation history lives on from previously lost short film
By: Ben Gourlay | Celebrities & Entertainment News | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 10:48 pm

Much of the early history of Walt Disney's original animated pre-cursor to Mickey Mouse; Oswald the Rabbit has been lost over the last 80 years, with almost a third of all animated shorts films currently unaccounted for. But in a minor miracle, one of the short films from 1928, 'Sleigh Bells' has been located in a British film archive and restored by the Walt Disney company.



Announcing the find to the world, the British Film Institute noted that the short was discovered by a plucky researcher simply browsing the online catalogue of the BFI National Archive's inventory. In a welcome surprise, the six minute short was located in very good condition and with its original soundtrack completely intact. Disney and BFI have since collaborated to preserve the short in a new digital and photochemical print master.




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