Empty Socks is a 1927 short animated film made by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks that was considered a lost film until its rediscovery in Norway in 2014.[1] The film stars Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.[2]

Empty Socks
Empty Socks Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWalt Disney
Ub Iwerks
Written byWalt Disney
Produced byCharles Mintz
George Winkler
Animation byHugh Harman
Rollin Hamilton
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
December 12, 1927
Running time
5:30 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English intertitles

Production backgroundEdit

The film was directed by Walt Disney while his studio was under contract by Winkler Productions. This short is considered Disney's first Christmas-themed cartoon. Mickey's Orphans (1931) is considered a remake of Empty Socks with a similar story line.[3]


In December 2014, an almost complete copy of the film, missing about 30 seconds, was discovered in Mo i Rana, Norway. Previously, the only known fragment was a 25-second segment housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.[1] The original short ran about 5:30. The print of Empty Socks was found with a copy of the Oswald cartoon Tall Timber (1928).

The print of Empty Socks belonged to a private individual, before being donated to the collection of the Norwegian Film Institute, which handed over its archive to the National Library of Norway. The library stores most of its documents in a high-security bunker in Mo i Rana.[3]

On December 17, 2014, a digitized version of the recovered nitrate film was shown at the National Library of Norway, along with Tall Timber.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Lost 1927 Disney Christmas film found in Norway". The Guardian. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 40. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7.
  3. ^ a b Koch, Dave (December 12, 2014). "Lost Disney Cartoon Found... In Norway". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Visning av animasjonsfilmene Empty Socks (1927) og Tall Timber (1928)". Retrieved December 18, 2014.

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