Africa Before Dark

Africa Before Dark is an American animated short film featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. It was directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, and released on February 20, 1928 by Universal Pictures. The film was thought to be lost before a fragment was discovered in 2009 and later a full copy was found at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna.[1] The film was restored by Walt Disney Animation Studios and shown at a screening on June 13, 2015, with live orchestration provided by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.[1][2][3][4] It has now been released as a bonus item on the 2017 Bambi Blu-Ray release.

Africa Before Dark
Directed byWalt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Produced byCharles Mintz
George Winkler
Story byWalt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Animation byUb Iwerks
Color processBlack and white
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
February 20, 1928
Running time
6 minutes
CountryUnited States


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  2. "Poor Papa': Long-lost Disney cartoon gets new life thanks to the LA Chamber Orchestra". KPCC. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. "'Mickey and Oswald Take Center Stage For a Magically Orchestrated Evening". Disney Insider. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  4. "LACO @ the movies". UCLA Film & Television Archive. Retrieved November 29, 2015.

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