Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
Directed by Walter Lantz
Bill Nolan
Music by James Dietrich
Animation by Clyde Geronimi
Manuel Moreno
Ray Abrams
Fred Avery
Lester Kline
Pinto Colvig
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) September 9, 1931
Color process Black and white
Running time 6:09
Language English
Preceded by College
Followed by The Farmer

Shipwreck is a 1931 short animated film starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The film is the 37th Oswald cartoon by Walter Lantz Productions, and the 89th overall.


Oswald (wearing gloves for the first time)[1] and a parrot are on a log boat, riding on a rough sea. The sea becomes calm moments later. They then notice they are hungry and decided to fish. Oswald casts a line, and the parrot goes down with the hook to find suitable fish. The parrot places the line on a fish, and signals Oswald to reel in. But the fish the parrot selected is too big and therefore drags Oswald below the sea.

The fish has Oswald in his grasp before putting the rabbit in his mouth. The fish, however, finds out he isn't hungry and that he removes Oswald. But he tells he'll be hungry again and will look for them after an hour. Oswald and the parrot figure they need to getaway far and quickly as possible.

Oswald and the parrot go on to wonder the floor of the sea. But instead of continuing, they come across an old organ which catches their curiosity (and also distracts them from their getaway). As Oswald plays the organ, he and the parrot sing the song It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'. Other sea creatures join their singing.

The hour has passed, and the fish comes for the two friends. Oswald and the parrot, who are still at the organ, frantically make their move upon seeing their pursuer. While they try to keep distance, the fish manages to get his teeth on the parrot's tail. Oswald refuses to let go of the bird. A tug-of-war ensues until the fish ends up having his skeleton extracted. Oswald and the parrot are relieved of their worries, knowing the now boneless fish can longer go after them.


  1. "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1931". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 

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