Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse from "The Dognapper," 1934

Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse from "The Dognapper," 1934; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 49 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse with hat and smoke: 6 x 7", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

"The Dognapper,"1934 is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The film stars Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as police officers who chase Pegleg Pete who has dognaped Fifi, Minnie Mouse's pet Pekingese. The film was directed by David Hand and features the voices of Clarence Nash as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and Billy Bletcher as the voice as Pegleg Pete. This was the first and only time that Mickey was voiced by Clarence Nash, because Walt Disney was in Europe at the time and therefore unavailable to record his lines for Mickey.

Close up of the Mickey Mouse production drawing.

"The Dognapper" was Donald Duck's third film and the first adventure story to star both Mickey and Donald. This was also the second, of only three black and white cartoons, to feature Donald Duck (the other two being "Orphan's Benefit" and "Mickey's Service Station"). 

Close up of the production number.

"The Dognapper" begins with newspaper headlines that Fifi, Minnie Mouse's "prize pooch," has been dognapped. The newspaper also has a description of the suspect, Peg Leg Pete. Police officers Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck here a transmission over their motorcycle radio about the robbery, and a description of the getaway car. Suddenly, they see Peg Leg Pete speed by in his car, and they hop onto their police motorcycle to chase after him. This drawing is from the opening scene as Mickey hops onto the motorcycle, his hat up is in the air above his head, and a cloud of smoke comes out from the tailpipe. This is a wonderful 1934 drawing of an eyes open Mickey Mouse from an early black and white cartoon.

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