OK, due to my ignorance I never knew Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit was created first and then due to arguments between Disney and Mintz over budgeting, Mintz got custody of Oswald and Disney produced Mickey Mouse, copying but altering Oswald’s apperance…and species.
The “half-brothers” went on to have their own careers. Obviously (well at least to me) Mickey had a greater run but they were brought back together in 2006 when NBC Universal traded the rights of early Oswald productions in turn for …. sportscaster Al Michaels. Weird cross-trade between fiction and non-fiction but it so happened and now he’s in the game.
I still feel weird about it but I’ll come around soon I guess like Japan did. This year they constrcuted a float featuring Oswald.