Magazine article Screen International

Lost Disney Short Found in BFI Archive

Magazine article Screen International

Lost Disney Short Found in BFI Archive

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Sleigh Bells, a six-minute short made in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, features the first Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Sleigh Bells has now been restored by Walt Disney Animation Studios and the film will be unveiled at BFI Southbank on Dec 12 as part of the programme It's A Disney Christmas: Seasonal Shorts.

Sleigh Bells had been assumed lost and unseen since its original release. The print found by a researcher browsing the online catalogue of the BFI National Archive's holdings. Walt Disney Animation Studios have taken this print and created both a new preservation print and digital copies.

Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive, said, "What a joyful treat to discover a long-lost Walt Disney film in the BFI National Archive and to be able to show Sleigh Bells to a whole new audience 87 years after it was made. The restoration of this film will introduce many audiences to Disney's work in the silent period - it clearly demonstrates the vitality and imagination of his animation at a key point in his early career. We thank Walt Disney for working with us and are thrilled to present the world premiere of this restored version here in London at BFI Southbank. …

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