Sagebrush Sadie
Studio: Disney Release Date : April 2, 1928 Series: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoon
  1. General Info

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Synopsis

Oswald plays a cowboy who must rescue Sadie from a runaway stagecoach and Pegleg Pete.

Characters

Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit
Pete

Credits

Director

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Animator

Ub Iwerks
Hugh Harman
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton

Camera

Mike Marcus

Distributor(s)

Universal Pictures

Video Information

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Black and White
Sound Type: Silent
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

Although I have not seen this cartoon (and I doubt anyone alive today has) as it is considered to be lost, I did see some animation segments of it on the Oswald DVD set. The drawings feature Oswald trying to rescue Sagebrush Sadie on the mesa from her breaking buckboard.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

In between Rival Romeos and the next full short we’ll review, Ozzie of the Mounted, there were two more shorts that are not around. On the Walt Disney Treasures DVD, we get a glimpse at one of them – Sagebrush Sadie. Although the full short no longer survives, these pencil drawings from the Walt Disney Animation Library gives us a little peek at what it was like.

The main thing that strikes me from this short fragment (less than a minute) is the kinetic energy in the pure pencil animation. Once the black ink is applied to these tests, there is still an energy, but here, the drawings seem to leap off the page.

This was a common complaint in later years, as animators always said that the inkers distorted their lines and might dampen the motion that they had put into the original work. It was Ub Iwerks’ process of “Xeroxing” the original pencils that changed this, most notably on 101 Dalmatians. Looking at these pencils for Sagebrush Sadie, I can see the animators’ point.

The story of this short is that Oswald and his sweetheart are traveling the mountain road, and somehow, her horse cart gets away, and she is chased by Oswald and Pete, vying to rescue her. It seems very promising, and that makes me regret the fact that there are so many of the shorts that no longer survive.

It’s a different story all together, but it’s also a shame that Universal/Lantz chose to recut and reissue these shorts, meaning that even the surviving shorts are not in the same shape as their original release. Ozzie of the Mounted, for example has several cuts, as does Bright Lights.


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History

8/24/2014

  • Animation type added by eutychus
  • Sound type added by eutychus

3/11/2017

    Sources

    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Director
    • Verified by "Walt in Wonderland" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

    Ub Iwerks: Animator
    • Verified by "Walt in Wonderland" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

    Hugh Harman: Animator
    • Verified by "Walt in Wonderland" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

    Rollin "Ham" Hamilton: Animator
    • Verified by "Walt in Wonderland" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman

    Mike Marcus: Camera
    • Verified by "Walt in Wonderland" by Russell Merritt and J. B. Kaufman