Monday, August 17, 2015

Original Animation Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Moose Hunters," 1937

Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Moose Hunters," 1937; Graphite, red, brown, yellow, blue, and green pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 8 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse: 8 x 7", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed.

"Moose Hunters," 1937 is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen with music by Paul J. Smith. The cartoon stars Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney), Donald Duck (voiced by Clarence Nash), and Goofy (voiced by Pinto Colvig) on a moose hunting expedition. 

Close up of the Mickey Mouse production drawing.

The short begins with a female moose with blonde curled hair wading through a lake; which turns out to be Donald Duck and Goofy disguised in a moose costume and making a moose call by sounding a horn. Following close behind to the duo is Mickey Mouse walking on stillts, disguised as a shrub, carrying a shotgun, and sounding his own moose call. Goofy's horn call is answered by an actual moose, causing him and Donald to excitedly shout "A moose!" Mickey tells them to "do their stuff," meaning to lure the moose closer to him.

Close up of the production number.

This is a wonderful colored pencil drawing of Mickey Mouse from his first appearance in the short "Moose Hunters," 1937. He is eyes and mouth open, walking on stilts, carrying his gun, and wearing his shrub disguise. As soon as Goofy and Donald exclaim, "A moose," Mickey says "Hotdog, now do your stuff!" This drawing is from that scene.

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