Walt Disney directed the short, which was first released December 12, 1927. It was Animated By Ub Iwerks, Hugh Harman, Les Clark, Isadore Freleng, Ben Clopton, Norm Blackburn and Rollin “Ham” Hamilton.
The almost complete original film was found during an inventory of Norway’s National Library at the library’s facility in Mo i Rana. “The film was in two reels which weren’t clearly labelled,” said Kvale Soerenssen, an archivist at the library. “At the beginning, we didn’t know it was a lost cinematographic treasure.”
The original short ran about 5:30. The newly discovered short has about 30 seconds missing from the middle of the short. The specimen belonged to a private individual, before ending up in the collection of the Norwegian Film Institute, which handed over its archive to the National Library of Norway. The library stores most of it’s documents in a high-security bunker in Mo i Rana.