Friday, September 11, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Klondike Kid," 1932

Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Klondike Kid," 1932; Graphite and green pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 169 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 3 x 10 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

"Klondike Kid," (originally released on November 12, 1932) is a black and white Walt Disney Studios animated short film that was distributed by United Artists Pictures. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson and animated By Norm Ferguson, Johnny Cannon, Frenchy de Tremaudan, Hardie Gramatky, Les Clark, Tom Palmer, Clyde Geronimi, Ben Sharpsteen, Marvin Woodward, Charlie Byrne, Chuck Couch, and Harry Reeves. It starred the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse, Marcellite Garner as Minnie Mouse, Pinto Colvig as Goofy, and Billy Bletcher as Peg-leg Pete.

Close up of the Mickey Mouse and Pluto production drawing.

"Klondike Kid" is an homage to the classic 1925 silent film by and starring Charlie Chaplin entitled "The Gold Rush." In the Walt Disney version, Mickey Mouse entertains the patrons of a saloon as a piano player, and then ends up comforting a poor and homeless Minnie Mouse. Peg-leg Pete comes storming in and steals her away after a gun battle. A dogsled chase follows, with Pluto pulling Mickey's sled following Pete and Minnie on their own dog sled. A wild Chaplinesque battle ensues at Pete's cabin. Meanwhile, Pluto makes a giant snowball on the side of the mountain, which gets larger and larger as it tumbles down the mountain. Eventually it crashes into the cabin, demolishing it into it's component parts, trapping Pete; but Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto escape from the snowy top.

Close up of the production number.

This is an extremely rare and wonderful drawing of Mickey Mouse on his dog sled, being pulled by Pluto. Both Mickey and Pluto are full figure and it is rare to have more than one character on a single animation sheet. The drawing was used just after Mickey gets onto his sled and begins to pursue Peg-leg Pete. Drawings from the early black and white Walt Disney cartoon shorts are very rare, and this is a fantastic image!

To view the scene which this drawing was used to create, click on the video below:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse from "On Ice," 1935

Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse from "On Ice," 1935; Graphite and green pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 14 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse: 4 x 4 3/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

"On Ice," 1935 is a Walt Disney animated short film directed by Ben Sharpsteen, music by Bert Lewis, written by Webb Smith, and distributed by United Artists. It stared the voice talents of Marcellite Garner (Minnie Mouse), Pinto Colvig (Goofy), Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse), and Clarence Nash (Donald Duck). Animation was done by Paul Allen, Milt Kahl, Fred Spencer, Art Babbitt, Johnny Cannon, Norman Ferguson, Eric Larson, John McManus, Webb Smith, Don Towsley, and Marvin Woodward.

Close up of the Mickey Mouse production drawing.

The story of "On Ice" revolves around three different storylines that all take place during the winter on a frozen lake. At the beginning of the film, Mickey Mouse is helping Minnie Mouse to learn how to skate. The second storyline has Goofy attempting to catch fish by dropping chewing tobacco through a hole cut into the ice lake. Once the fish begin chewing, they are forced to come up to the surface to spit and Goofy attempts to knock them unconscious. The third storyline involves Donald Duck pulling a prank on Pluto by putting ice skates on his feet and luring him out onto the ice. Poor Pluto slips and slides on the ice and Donald laughs and pokes fun at him. The three story lines merge when Donald skates around Pluto with a kite on his back. The wind picks up and sends him flying over a waterfall. Mickey hears his cries for help and saves him by pulling on the yarns of his sweater. Donald ends up landing in the ice hole where Goofy is fishing.

Close up of the production number.

This is a great drawing of Mickey Mouse skating on the frozen lake and is from the scene when he  tells Minnie, "It's a sinch, watch me," and he takes off skating. The drawing is a large centered full figure image of Mickey with his eyes open and he is smiling. This is simply a wonderful drawing from a Walt Disney cartoon from the 1930's!

To view the scene which this drawing was used to create, click on the short video below: