|Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series|
|Directed by||Walt Disney|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Story by||Walt Disney|
|Animation by||Ub Iwerks|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release||March 19, 1928|
|Color process||Black and White|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||Rival Romeos|
|Followed by||Sagebrush Sadie|
Bright Lights is a 1928 silent cartoon short by Walt Disney Productions featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. It is among the few short films of the series Disney worked on before leaving that same year.
Previously in 1927, Oswald had an oval face, a chubbier waist, and pants with a single suspender. By 1928, he's given a makeover, having a rounder head, a slimmer waist, and shorts. Despite this change, the rabbit's 1927 appearance would still appear on the title cards until High Up. His shorts would be his only outfit until 1930.
A show composed of a concert, circus acts, and broadway is taking place at a theater in the city. One of the stars of the show is a lady cat dancer whom Oswald suddenly has affection for upon seeing a poster. For admission, patrons have to pay 50 cents. Unfortunately for Oswald, his pockets are empty.
Oswald notices a stage entrance where performers and certain officials can come in, and admission is unnecessary. Because of this, Oswald comes up with an idea of impersonating a performer by bulging his chest (possibly pretending to be a stuntman). The guard by the door isn't deceived and prevents the penniless rabbit from coming in. After a bit of a struggle, Oswald ties the guard to a lamp post and proceeds toward the inside of the theater. However, he is forced back outside by the glaring performers.
While thinking of a way to get back in, Oswald sees a man in a thick fur coat coming out of a taxi and heading towards the theater entrance. Oswald hides under the man's shadow. As the man with the coat enters, the guard becomes suspicious upon noticing a lump on the shadow. Thinking he made it inside undetected, Oswald comes out but doesn't notice the guard approaching him. When he realizes the guard was right behind him, Oswald quickly makes his move.
Oswald prevails in losing the guard by going inside a cage. However, he is met with more trouble when the cage contains a jaguar. The jaguar chases him into the stage where acrobats are doing a balancing act with a long pole. Oswald climbs up the pole and grabs the ceiling for his safety. One of the acrobats also goes up the pole and clings onto the rabbit's legs. Bothered by having someone hanging under him, Oswald grabs a mallet and strikes off the acrobat. Oswald plunges down and drops on the jaguar. The jaguar is angered more than ever and the frightened Oswald flees the stage.
Other vicious animals, such as the lions, break out of their cages, forcing everyone else to leave the theater. Believing everyone disappeared from the scene, Oswald comes out of a toilet booth, only to realize that one lion is still in the vicinity. The lion chases him into the horizon as the cartoon ends.
The cartoon has two versions that differ in the soundtrack used. One of them features a couple of jazz tunes (the second of which is Tiger Rag). The other features calliope music which is used throughout the entire film, as well as some footage played in reverse.
The short is available in a 2-disc DVD title as part of the Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Seven.