After the loss of his hit character Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney had to regroup and come up with a new series if his studio was to stay in business. Along with Ub Iwerks he came up with a little mouse, whom he called Mortimer, and a rough outline for a short he called ‘Plane Crazy’. Due to contractual obligations, the studio still needed to produce the final Oswald films, but a group of loyal employees would simultaneously begin working on this new project in complete secrecy. In this episode we’ll discuss the steps Walt took to keep his new idea under wraps and his efforts to sell his new character once the film was completed.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in ‘Plane Crazy’ - 1928