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May 20, 2017

Saturday Matinee #107: "Ozzie of the Mounted" (March or April 30, 1928)

Originally Published January 19, 2013

by Albert Gutierrez

Ozzie of the Mounted

I bought the new Oswald the Lucky Rabbit mug at the Disney Store last week. Needless to say, I've never been more excited for drinkware than I was when I bought that mug. Perhaps I was excited because it's a 3-D mug, so it feels like Oswald is trying to run out of the mug every time I pick it up. But I think I enjoy it most because it's one more thing I can add to my small, but growing, Oswald collection. For the longest time, this consisted solely of "The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" on DVD. But in the past year, I've been trying to get more merch, not necessarily everything Oswald, just trinkets and things I might enjoy. It started when my siblings and I each bought Oswald plushes to give to each other for Christmas 2011.

An Oswald pin soon joined, followed by two mini plushes whom I've named Oscar and Oswin (in my world, they're Oswald's nephews). A cousin managed to get me the Rabbit Ears that promoted Epic Mickey II, which sit proudly (and nostalgically) on top of my television. Disney Store also had an Oswald ornament this past holiday season, which I eagerly bought in a two-for-one sale with the Steamboat Willie counterpart. Unfortunately, I missed out on the Oswald chaser from the vinylmation series, but I'm hoping we'll see a Funko Pop figure in the future. And now, all this Oswald talk has made me wanting to watch some cartoons with everyone's favorite lucky rabbit. Since it was Alex McVetty of Hidden Mickey Monday who pointed me in the right direction for the Oswald pin, we'll take a trip to Canada and check out "Ozzie of the Mounted," eh.

Ozzie of the Mounted

On a cold, wintry day, Ozzie of the Mounted is ordered to capture Peg-Leg Pete, a bandit who seemingly does not have a peg leg at all. Rather, it's an alias, along with Putrid Pete and Kid Pete. While riding his mechanical horse (but not the one from "The Mechanical Horse"), Oswald collides with Pete. The crash knocks him clear out of his Mounties uniform, but Oswald still retains his revolver. He holds it up and threatens to shoot Pete, who dares him to do so. Oswald shoots, and the bullet bounces off Pete's stomach and back at Oswald. Pete then begins thrashing Oswald, before escaping with stolen sled dogs.

Oswald tries his best to fix the mechanical horse, but loses his head in the process. Fortunately, it drops back down right onto his shoulders. Oswald then fixes his horse... but it explodes and breaks apart. In frustration, he kicks it... and it puts itself back together. The chase is on, with Oswald and his horse chasing Pete and his sled dogs. Various sight gags occur, especially with Oswald and the spring from his mechanical horse. Even Pete and his sled dogs have troubles, before getting separated. Likewise, Oswald loses his mechanical horse. Unfortunately for Pete, he runs into a bear who decides to chase after both him and Oswald. As the two run from the bear, Oswald runs on ahead and signals to Pete to run to safety inside the Jail. Pete makes his mad dash and makes it, but just before Oswald shuts the door, the bear runs inside, too. Pete swears to a laughing Oswald that he will get his revenge.

Ozzie of the Mounted

Based on the credits, this cartoon was sourced from a 35mm print at the Netherlands Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, this 35mm print of "Ozzie of the Mounted" suffers from being slightly incomplete. Several scenes jump frames, suggesting that tiny pieces of footage might have been cut out or lost. This is especially apparent at the end, as we never see Pete and the bear actually run into the jail, only that Pete is still being beaten up and waving his fist at Oswald. Still, this may be the only surviving copy of the cartoon, so we should be glad that the majority of it still exists. Ten of his Disney shorts no longer exist, having been lost to the ages, while only a minute of footage from "Sagebrush Sadie" exists.

Animation historian Jerry Beck also provides commentary for this short, where he notes that Harman-Ising remade the short for "Looney Tunes," nearly shot-for-shot, as "Big Man from the North" and featuring Bosko. Although DisneyShorts.org gives this cartoon an April 30 release date, Beck says this cartoon was released during March 1928. Regardless who is correct, "Ozzie of the Mounted" came after Walt's fateful New York trip, where he learned he lost the copyright to Oswald, along with his animation staff. Mickey would emerge only months later, as Walt copyrighted "Mickey Mouse" and "Plane Crazy" in May.

Ozzie of the Mounted

One of my favorite moments in the cartoon is when Oswald loses his head, as seen above. He's done everything he could to fix his horse, and it decapitates him. Such a moment should be life-threatening, but because this is a cartoon, it's hilarious. And there's a slightly refined dignity to it all. When Oswald loses his head, he's slightly confused when it bounces back on his shoulders. But all's well that ends well, and he continues what he was doing anyway. The moment perfectly encapsulates why the cartoon world can be a fun place to live. You can lose your head, if only temporarily, and gain it back again without worrying about any side effects. I feel this short really takes delight in messing around with Oswald. He's not only lost his head, but in other moments, his tongue gets stretched beyond belief, as does his body. When the bear bites into him and lets go, Oswald goes flying, and lands like a basketball. He suffers a lot more physical gags than Mickey ever did, and still turns out okay.

Ozzie of the Mounted

As always, Oswald's shorts can be found in "Walt Disney Treasure: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit." Given that I've covered three previous Oswald cartoons, you should probably know what the DVD case looks like already. But if this is your first time here, you can consult those articles ("The Mechanical Cow", "All Wet", and "Ocean Hop") to see what it looks like. However, one image that never gets tiresome is...

Ozzie of the Mounted

 

Past Saturday Matinees

Mickey Mouse
     - The Band Concert (1935)
     - Birthday Party, The (1931)
     - Boat Builders (1938)
     - Brave Little Tailor (1938)
     - Building a Building (1933)
     - Clock Cleaners (1937)
     - Croissant De Triomphe (2013)
     - Get a Horse (2013)
     - Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
     - The Jazz Fool (1929)
     - Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

     - Mad Doctor, The (1933)
     - Magician Mickey (1937)
     - Mickey and the Goat Man (2002)
     - Mickey Down Under (1948)
     - Mickey's Delayed Date (1947)
     - Mickey's Steam Roller (1934)
     - Mickey's Trailer (1938)

     - No Service (2013)
     - Orphan's Benefit (1934 and 1941)
     - Shanghaied (1934)
     - Steamboat Willie (1928)
     - Steamboat Willie Revisited (1928)
     - Thru the Mirror (1936)
     - Ye Olden Days (1933)
     - Yodelberg (2013)

Donald Duck
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Donald's Diary (1954)
     - Double Date Don (2001)
     - Grand CanyonScope (1954)
     - How to Have an Accident in the Home (1956)

     - Lighthouse Keeping (1946)
     - Modern Inventions (1937)
     - Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)
     - No Hunting (1955)
     - Sea Salts (1949)

Goofy
     - Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
     - Hello Aloha (1952)
     - A Knight for a Day (1946)

Chip 'n' Dale
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Corn Chips (1951)
     - Out of Scale (1951)

Humphrey the Bear
     - Bearly Asleep (1955)
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Hooked Bear (1956)
     - In the Bag (1956)

Oswald
     - All Wet (1927)
     - The Fox Chase (1928)
     - The Mechanical Cow (1927)
     - The Ocean Hop (1927)
     - Ozzie of the Mounted (1928)
     - Trolley Troubles (1927)

Alice Comedies
     - Alice's Wonderland (1923)

Other
     - Adventures in Music: Melody (1953)
     - All the Cats Join In (1946)
     - Ben and Me (1953)
     - Bueno Nacho (2002)
     - A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)
     - Daisy's Road Trip (1999)

     - Disneyland Showtime (1970)
     - Disney's Electric Holiday (2012)
     - Epcot Film (1966)
     - Evolution of the Dunk the Mayor scene (1965-2006)
     - Feast (2014)
     - Figaro and Cleo (1943)
     - The Flying Mouse (1934)
     - Football Now and Then (1953)
     - General Hospital - The Introduction of Lucky Spencer (1993)

     - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (1964)
     - Grievance of a Starmaker (2002)
     - The Hardy Boys: The Stranger (1956)
     - John Henry (2000)
     - The Little Matchgirl (2006)
     - Max's New Car (2001)

     - Mickey and the Firefighter (1993/2002)
     - Muppet Mayhem: Baseball
     - Muppet Mayhem: Clapboard
     - Muppet Mayhem: Soap
    - My Heart Was an Island (1960)
     - Oliver and Company VHS Preview
     - Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Lane (1942)

     - Paperman (2012)
     - Scrooge McDuck and Money (1967)
     - Seven Wise Dwarfs (1941)
     - Snow White World Premiere Newsreel (1937)
     - Tangled Ever After (2012)
     - Three Notable Disney Commercials (circa 1950s and 2002)
     - Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom (1953)
     - Tummy Trouble (1989)
     - Victory Through Rocket Power (1991)

     - War Shorts (1941-1945)
     - Welcome to the Future

Pixar Shorts
     - Geri's Game (1997)
     - Jack-Jack Attack (2005)
     - La Luna (2012)
     - Toy Story Treats (circa 1996)

Silly Symphonies
     - Father Noah's Ark (1933)
     - Music Land (1935)
     - Peculiar Penguins (1934)
     - The Skeleton Dance (1929)
     - Three Little Pigs (1933)
     - Tortoise and the Hare (1934)

Specials
     - 100th Week Retrospective
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Beauty and the Beast
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Robin Hood
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Sword in the Stone

     - As the World Turns and Disney
     - Beauty and the Beast: A Look at three versions of the story
     - Beauty and the Beast: Theatrical Reviews Trailer
     - Beauty and the Beast TV Spots
     - Bedknobs and Broomsticks
     - Casablanca scene of The Great Movie Ride
     - Happy Holidays from Saturday Matinee!

     - Cinderella vs. Cinderella III
     - Colors of the Wind Multi-Language Reel
     - Comparing Three versions of Alice in Wonderland
     - Deleted Disney
     - Disney Classics: Timeless Classics
     - Disney Classics: Modern Classics
     - Disney Classics: Television Classics

     - Disney Family Movie Night - Summer in June
     - Disney Studio Album: 1960
     - Frozen Review
     - Golden Girls go to Walt Disney World
     - Golden Girls Pilot Episode
     - Great Movie Ride Week One: Mary Poppins

     - Great Movie Ride Week Two: Singin' In the Rain
     - Great Movie Ride Week Three: Raiders of the Lost Ark
     - Great Movie Ride Week Four: The Searchers
     - Great Movie Ride Week Five: Alien
     - Great Movie Ride Week Six: Footlight Parade

     - Great Movie Ride Week Seven: Wizard of Oz/Fantasia
     - Great Movie Ride Week Eight: Casablanca
     - Heffalumps and Woozles vs. Pink Elephants on Parade
     - "It" Moments
     - Life Comes to Fantasy
     - Lion King Bloopers and Stand by Me

     - Live Action Character References
     - Muppets through Films
     - The Newsies' Santa Fe
     - Peter Pan's deleted song, "Neverland"
     - Remembering Steve Jobs
     - Saving Mr. Banks Review
     - Sleeping Beauty Backgrounds

     - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' first trailer
     - Song Showcase: Three Essential songs in Pete's Dragon
     - Spaceship Earth video
     - Spot Marks the X (1986)
     - Special Song Showcase: Disney's Greatest Love Songs

     - Step in Time from Mary Poppins on Broadway
     - Thor: The Dark World Review
     - VHS Deluxe Collectors Sets for Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin
     - Walt's Sweetheart Team - Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten
     - The Watcher in the Woods
     - A Whole New World Recording Session

Winnie the Pooh
     - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)

 

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