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Winkler staff, 1928

The Winkler Oswald staff; the man with the cane is Charles Mintz. Universal Weekly, July 14, 1928 (click to see the entire magazine feature at large size).

HIGH UP
Release Date: August 6, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25481 July 23, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: July 27, 1928
Direction: Rudolph Ising and R. C. Hamilton
Original Copyright Synopsis:
      There is lots of excitement in the circus where Oswald works. He has more odd jobs than he can manage. His lady love, who is a hootchy-kootchy dancer, insists that he give an exhibition on the tightrope. Oswald wins so much applause that the ringmaster becomes jealous. Oswald seizes his lady and escapes; only to be pursued uphill and down dale by the ringmaster, who finally gains possession of the lady.
       When Oswald arrives on the edge of a precipice, he's horrified by the sight of his lady and her captor falling into space. But a convenient tree catches the lady, whom the ingenious Oswald finally rescues from her precarious position.
Notes: The first Winkler Oswald short to be released, this actually appeared in theatres before the last couple of Disney Oswalds. First onscreen credits for Rudolph Ising and R. C. Hamilton.
Reviews: Coming Soon!

MISSISSIPPI MUD
Release Date: September 17, 1928
Copyright Date: MP5323 August 30, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: September 6, 1928
Direction: none given (though some have credited Lantz as director, we've seen no supporting evidence)
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       The riverboat that Oswald works on as deck steward is a marvel. It goes over bridges as easily as under them and avoids obstructions and rounded curves like a corkscrew.
       Miss Cottontail, waiting on the dock with her father, is kidnapped by a terrible stranger who stuffs her into a back and leaps up the gangplank the instant the boat docks. He sneaks into the captain's cabin and shows him the beautiful—but weeping—Miss Cottontail. After heavy argument, they cut cards for possession of her.
       Oswald, on his round of duty, hears her pitiful cries for help. He dashes to the rescue and fights the villainous kidnapper from end to end of the boat, finally pushing him off into the Mississippi mud.
       Needless to say, Miss Cottontail rewards the happy Oswald with her affection.
Reviews: Coming Soon!

PANICKY PANCAKES
Release Date: October 1, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25629 August 18, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: September 20, 1928
Direction: Hugh Harman and Ben Clopton
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       Oswald has a pancake concession stand at the fair. As a flipper of the "golden browns" Oswald can't be beaten. He's so intent upon his art that he doesn't notice a bad little elephant who sneaks under the counter and drains the lemonade bowl through his trunk. Suddenly a little imp appears on the roof of the booth. While Oswald is chasing him, a gang of bandit mice steals his cash register. Such a time!
       Oswald chases them for miles. Finally the cash register is wrecked. As Oswald is recovering the pieces, the drawer suddenly springs open, and 17,000,004 mice trample over Oswald in their effort to escape.
Notes: First onscreen credits for Hugh Harman and Ben Clopton.
Reviews: Coming Soon!

FIERY FIREMAN
Release Date: October 15, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25659 September 27, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: October 1, 1928
Direction: Isadore Freleng and Rudolph Ising
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       Efficiency is 100% at the firehouse where Oswald hangs out. No one worries about sleeping through an alarm, for even the beds are on the job. They're the best ever, waking the firemen and hustling them out whether they want to go or not.
       More firehouses should be equipped with mechanical camels. They're wonderful. They get you to a fire at top speed and are most helpful in emergencies.
       Oswald is a good fireman too. He works hard and is a regular daredevil when it comes to rescues. Poor chap, he even tries to save Miss Hippo. In spite of his heroic efforts, she falls on him and flattens him out like a pancake.
Notes: The first directorial work of Isadore "Friz" Freleng, as well as his first onscreen credit. Freleng would co-direct several more Oswalds in tandem with others over the year that followed.
Reviews: Coming Soon!

ROCKS AND SOCKS
Release Date: November 12, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25766 October 28, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: October 29, 1928
Direction: none given
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       Oswald starts out in his canoe gaily anticipating a good day's shooting. He has forgotten how fearsome prehistoric animals can be—a shot at a small beastie starts all kinds of trouble. Oswald is chased all over the place. The beastie's mother lends a helping hand, and a tremendous monkey makes Oswald almost too scared to breathe. Finally he slips through a hollow tree trunk and escapes over the hill while his enemies try to sock him with rocks.
Errors: Motion Picture News erroneously lists the cartoon's title as "Rocks and Saddles."
Reviews: Coming Soon!

SOUTH POLE FLIGHT
Release Date: November 28, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25694 October 2, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: October 10, 1928
Direction: Hugh Harman and Ben Clopton
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       No explorer ever had a more exciting or perilous time than Oswald does when he starts for the South Pole. Not the least of his troubles is an impudent bird that insists upon razzing him until Oswald gets out his gun. Even when he shoots the feathers right off her, the bird won't leave him in peace! His first plane crashes, but Oswald is undismayed. He promptly manufactures a new plane out of a stray bathtub, a hot water bag and a few odds and ends.
       His new ship, fortunately, stays afloat when he makes a forced landing on the high seas—and they are high! It seems as though Oswald will never survive their clutches! But he finally reaches the South Pole, which is conveniently plastered with traffic signs—and anyway, it's snowing, so Oswald knows it must be the right place.
Reviews:
       "Harman and Clapton [sic] are credited with the clever cartoon art that has gone into this new product from the studio of Walt Disney [sic], who draws Oswald cartoons. And a good job they've done, too.
       "Oswald airplanes down to the South Pole, where a bird, unappreciative of his sterling qualities, gives him the razzberry. This is the first of several funny situations that the cartoonists have subjected him to. The subject has fine fun and your audiences should enjoy it." —George J. Reddy, Motion Picture News (December 1, 1928)

BULL-ONEY
Release Date: November 28, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25707 October 11, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: October 15, 1928
Direction: Walter Lantz and Tom Palmer
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       All the animals in the country are headed for the bullring, where there is to be a fight. The various means of transportation that they employ supply much excitement—and a good deal of doubt about arriving in time!
       Meanwhile Oswald, the trainer, is having a lot of trouble getting the bull in shape to go into the ring. The bull is too fat, but by the time Oswald has massaged him thoroughly he is too thin. Then the bull's none-too-even temper gives way and Oswald finds himself in the ring. It's hard to tell whether the bull is baiting Oswald, or Oswald is baiting the bull. It doesn't matter much, as plenty of excitement for the spectators is all that bullfights are for, anyway. In the end Oswald manages to make a getaway.
Notes: First onscreen credits for Walter Lantz and Tom Palmer.
Reviews: Coming Soon!

A HORSE TALE
Release Date: December 10, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25851 November 19, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: November 20, 1928
Direction: R. C. Hamilton and Tom Palmer
Original Copyright Synopsis:
       Oswald the stagecoach driver drives his four-horse team at top speed. He has taught them to play leapfrog, which always provides an incentive to keep going.
       Oswald seizes the first opportunity to make love to his fascinating passenger Miss Cottontail, who is most responsive.
       When they arrive at the post, Oswald and the wheelhorse dart into the bar. The wheelhorse proves disreputable and gets terribly drunk.
       Just as Oswald is taking Miss Cottontail—who is waiting outside—an ice cream cone, a fearsome bandit appears and kidnaps her. Oswald rushes for his horse and urges him to the rescue. The horse's one idea is to sit on the curb and rest! Poor Oswald is frantic.
       He finally gets the horse underway, however, and overtakes the villain just in time to save Miss Cottontail from a horrible fate.
Errors: Motion Picture News misspells this cartoon's title as "A Horse Tail."
Reviews: Coming Soon!

FARMYARD FOLLIES
Release Date: December 24, 1928
Copyright Date: LP25835 November 14, 1928
Registration Filed at Copyright Office: November 17, 1928
Direction: Walter Lantz and R. C. Hamilton
Original Copyright Synopsis:
      A sassy young pullet is making a worm's life miserable; she believes in the old adage of the "early bird!" The worm is a "smart guy," however, and disappears down a hole. The pullet mistakes Oswald's tail—which happens to be in sight under the fence—for her quarry. Oswald resents this fiercely and the trouble starts right there!
       As for a little pig who's playing in the mud puddle, Oswald has to put him in the washtub a dozen times per morning.
       Milking the cow certainly is a task, too. The flies put on their skates and use her back for a rink—and Oswald's nose for a resting place.
       The sassy pullet, having recovered from her first round with Oswald, appears again looking for more trouble. There's plenty of it. Oswald finally gets her into the barn and applies an axe to her neck. But being a very modern young thing, she refuses to be a "dead one"—and though headless, challenges Oswald to a free-for-all in the barnyard.
Reviews: Coming Soon!

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