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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Original Animation Production Drawing of Donald Duck and a Bee from "Moose Hunters," 1937


Original production drawing of Donald Duck and a Bee from "Moose Hunters," 1937; Graphite, red, brown, blue, yellow, and green pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 173 lower right; Size - Donald Duck and Bee: 9 x 5 1/2", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed.

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"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 Donald Duck 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.

Donald and Goofy, still in their female moose costume, end up tracking a large black bull moose. After spoting their prey, an excited Donald adds some makeup and lipstick to make the costume even more attractive. Goofy adds some "deer kiss" perfume to the disguise, himself, and sprays a trail in the wind direction of the bull. The bull moose, attracted by the scent, follows it to the waiting "lady moose." A mere glance from the decoy moose is all it takes for the bull to become smitten, especially when "she" does a seductive walk for him.


Close up of the Bee production drawing with color call out notes.

When the costumed cow moose gives a "yoo-hoo," the bull moose gives a howling response which blows off the costume from Donald and Goofy. However Goofy, who still has the moose head,  performs a fan dance shielded by some shrubs until he and Donald can quickly get back into the costume. Once again in disguise, the pair seductively dance with the aroused bull and succeed in getting him to follow them. Unfortunately, Donald falls and lands in some flowers containing a very angry bee. The insect follows Donald into the moose costume, making he and Goofy dance to the tune of "La Cucuracha." The bull moose kisses Goofy on the face, just as Donald tries to hit the bee. This causes the costume moose head to fly off of Goofy, luckily landing right back on him just before they could be discovered. They now try to lure the excited moose back to Mickey.


Close up of the production numbers.

This is a great drawing of Donald Duck from "Moose Hunters," 1937. He is eyes and mouth open, and  full figure with his fist in the air and yelling at the bee. The details are really wonderful, his left hand is on top of group of flowers and part of the moose costume can be seen around his feet. The bee is rendered in colored pencils and this drawing is also the color call reference drawing. The images of Donald, the bee, flowers, and the various notes occupies almost the entire sheet of peg hole animation paper.

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

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