It’s Easter. An it’s spring time. So today’s Saturday Morning Cartoon theme is rabbits. But not a certain licensed Warner Brothers rabbit – that’s too obvious.
First up is Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney for Universal, this rabbit was the precursor to a certain mouse that Disney would create after leaving Oswald. Disney and Universal got into a fight over money and Disney left to form his own company.
Next is the first television cartoon – Crusader Rabbit. Created by Jay Ward (Rocky and Bullwinkle) and Alex Anderson in 1949, the show had very limited animation but was amusing enough to usher in the age of animated television shows.