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Lost Disney film showing Mickey Mouse’s predecessor found in Japan

TOKYO -- When Yasushi Watanabe bought a cartoon film decades ago as a high school student in the Japanese city of Osaka, he had no idea he was purchasing animation history. But the modest reel he bought for just 500 yen ($4.40 in today s money) has been revealed as a rare lost cartoon produced by Walt Disney featuring a character that led to the creation of Mickey Mouse. The discovery was reported by Japan s Asahi Shimbun daily, which Watanabe contacted after reading a book about the history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit , the character Disney created in the 1920s. While Disney created the character, complete with oversized ears and a bu...

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