Ortensia is the feline girlfriend of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.¬†She appeared in the Oswald shorts starting with The Banker’s Daughter, replacing Oswald’s former love interest, a much more feminine and sultry rabbit named Fanny in production materials. Ortensia’s original name during the production of the Oswald shorts was Sadie (as referenced in the title of the animated short: Sagebrush Sadie).

However, the names for Oswald’s love interests were never widely publicized, which is likely the reason she was given a new name in Epic Mickey, following the alliteration pattern of Mickey and Minnie’s mirrored relationship. As can be seen in her character design, she was very much a precursor to Minnie Mouse. Often in the original Oswald shorts, Oswald would compete with Pete for her affection.

Ortensia is an Italian name that means “gardener”, something that some of her art related to Epic Mickey shows to be a hobby of hers. She and Oswald have 420 blue bunny children together.

(Source: disney.wikia.com)

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