Africa (film)

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Oswald In Africa.jpg
Oswald sings his theme song.
Directed byWalter Lantz
Produced byWalter Lantz
Story byWalter Lantz
Bill Nolan
StarringPinto Colvig
Music byJames Dietrich
Animation byClyde Geronimi
Manuel Moreno
Ray Abrams
Fred Avery
Lester Kline
Color processBlack and white
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 1, 1930 (1930-12-01)
Running time

Africa is a 1930 Walter Lantz cartoon short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.


Oswald was riding through the Egyptian desert on his camel. The camel, though looking real on the exterior, is actually mechanical because of the two ball-shaped pistons inside which Oswald manipulates with his feet like bike pedals. One day, a lion was running toward them. To defend himself, Oswald brought out a rifle but it malfunctioned. As a final resort, Oswald fired the ball pistons from the camel like a cannon and aimed into the lion's mouth. Terrified by its lumpy back, the lion runs away in panic.

Nearby where he is, Oswald saw an oasis and a palace. Upon seeing the apes dance and play instruments, the curious rabbit decides to join the fun. As he entered the palace, Oswald was greeted by the queen. The queen asked him who he is, and Oswald introduced himself in a song as well as giving advice for a possibly better lifestyle. Pleased by his visit, the queen asked Oswald if he would like to be her king. Oswald was at first uncertain, knowing he never met a queen, but immediately accepted. It turns out momentarily that the queen still has a king who shows up, then kicks Oswald out of the palace and into a pond full of crocodiles. Luckily, Oswald escapes unscathed and runs off into the desert.


Oswald's theme song is featured for the first time in this film.[1] The song was briefly shown again at the beginning of Alaska, the following cartoon.

Re-used footage[edit]

Some of the scenes in Africa were taken from their 1930 film "King of Jazz" which were only the scenes that were re-used were some of the animated scenes from the film.


  • The cartoon's name is inspired by Africa Before Dark.
  • This is the first Oswald cartoon to feature his own theme song.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1930". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2011-04-24.

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