Chris Columbus, Jr.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
Directed by Walter Lantz
Produced by Walter Lantz
Music by James Dietrich
Animation by Fred Avery
Jack Carr
Ray Abrams
Joe d'Igalo
Ernest Smythe
Victor McLeod
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) July 23, 1934
Color process Black and white
Running time 8:17
Language English
Preceded by William Tell
Followed by The Dizzy Dwarf

Chris Columbus, Jr. is a short animated film by Walter Lantz Productions, starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. It is loosely based on the historic events leading to Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. It is also among the few cartoons where Oswald plays a character other than himself.

Plot

Chris Columbus, Jr. (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit) is one of few individuals who believe the world is round. But most people elsewhere insist it is flat, and that they find him delusional. To prove them wrong, Chris plans to sail to India by going west.

Chris goes to the king of Portugal to request ships and equipment, only to be denied. He then heads to the king of England but gets a similar answer. Finally he turns to the king and queen of Spain. While the Spanish king is unwilling to help, the Spanish queen shows sympathy and thinks otherwise.

The Spanish queen provides the ships Chris needed. The people whom she brought to be Chris' shipmates are prisoners but Chris does not mind. Chris, at last, sets off on his voyage to India.

The transatlantic journey of Chris is going smoothly at first. He and his shipmates appear to be fine.

Days later, the first mate develops sour feelings for Chris. Like everybody else from where they came from, he believes the world is flat. Thinking Chris has tricked them into sailing so they would fall off an edge, the first mate rallies the other shipmates to turn against and dispose of their captain.

Mutiny ensues but Chris is able to keep his renegade shipmates at bay. But despite his cleverness, the first mate is able to get the upper hand. Chris then finds himself hanging at the ship's bowsprit. The renegades cut him loose, causing him to drop. Fortunately for Chris, the water he lands on is only knee-deep. He then finds out land has been reached. He even regains the loyalty of his shipmates.

Chris and his men set foot on what they think is India but is actually America. They also befriend the natives of the place. After spending several days there, Chris and his shipmates sail back to Europe, although one of them chooses to stay.

Guild/Firelight reissue

The film was reissued under the title of Christopher Columbus Jr.. Also, the scene where the Spanish queen smashes a bottle on one of the crewmen during the christening was removed.[1]

References

  1. "The Walter Lantz Cartune [sic] Encyclopedia: 1934". The Walter Lantz Cartune [sic] Encyclopedia. http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1934.html. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 

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