Hungry Hoboes

Hungry Hoboes (alternate spelling: Hungry Hobos) is a silent Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon released by Universal Studios in 1928. It had been lost since before World War II, and was rediscovered in 2011.

Hungry Hoboes
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Title card
Directed byWalt Disney
Written byWalt Disney
Produced byCharles Mintz
StarringOswald the Lucky Rabbit
CinematographyUb Iwerks
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 14, 1928 (1928-05-14)
Running time
5 minutes, 21 seconds
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent with English intertitles

Plot summaryEdit

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Peg Leg Pete are hobos riding on a train carrying cows and chickens. As they play checkers, they are annoyed by Clarabelle (as Bessie) and the cows around them. A chicken appears and they imagine having fried eggs. As Pete prepares a skillet, Oswald unsuccessfully tries to coerce the chicken into laying eggs. Finally he pulls the chicken's head off and extracts two eggs from its body. Since neither hobo has a match, Pete drags Oswald's rear end along the rail until his pants catch fire, then cooks the eggs by holding the skillet over Oswald's burning pants. A policeman notices the two and they run from him, as he pursues them on a bicycle. Pete disguises Oswald as a monkey and, putting a dog, a cat and a pig into a box with a crank on one side, he pretends to be an organ grinder. The deception fails when the animals escape from the box, and the hobos run from the policeman again. They finally escape by jumping onto another train.


The short was released by Universal Studios in 1928.[1]

It had been lost since before World War II, but was rediscovered in 2011 in the Huntley Film Archives.[2][3] It was later purchased by the Walt Disney Company for $31,250.[4] It was then restored in a year-long digital process. Hungry Hoboes re-debuted at the Telluride Film Festival, on September 2, 2012, as part of a special animation shorts program presented by leading film historian and restoration expert Serge Bromberg. The restored version was officially released as a bonus feature in the release of the Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray.[2]


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 40. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7.
  2. ^ a b Minovitz, Ethan (September 6, 2012). "Lost Disney Short Found, Restored and Shown". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lost Disney cartoon shows how Mickey Mouse was originally Oswald the Lucky Rabbit". The Telegraph. November 28, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Kohler, Chris (March 23, 2012). "Forgotten Disney Toons Return for Epic Mickey Sequel". Wired. Retrieved October 27, 2016.

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