Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Original Production Color Reference Drawing of Micky Mouse from "Society Dog Show," 1939

Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Society Dog Show," 1939; Graphite, orange, purple, brown, pink, yellow, peach, red, blue, and green pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 32 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse: 6 x 5 1/2", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed.

Society Dog Show (originally released on February 3, 1939) is a Walt Disney Company animated short film that was distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Bill Roberts and animated by Al Eugster, Shamus Culhane, Fred Moore, John Lounsbery, Norm Ferguson, and Leo Salkin. The short is notable in that it was the last appearance of Mickey's older dotted eye character design.

Close up of the Mickey Mouse original production animation drawing.

The plot summary of "Society Dog Show" is that Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney) enters his dog Pluto into an upscale dog show. While Mickey grooms Pluto, Pluto starts swooning over Fifi the Peke who is flirting with him in an adjoining grooming station. Chaos erupts when Pluto, annoyed by all the prodding during the dog show inspection, attacks the Dog Show Judge (voice by Pinto Colvig). Mickey and Pluto are thrown out of the Dog Show and onto the street. Suddenly a fire breaks out in the building when the flash powder from a camera ignites some of the Dog Show decoratons. Pluto bravely goes into the burning building and saves Fifi. The final scene is when the Dog Show Judge places a "Public Hero #1" medal around Pluto's neck, and he shares a hug with Fifi!

Close up of the production number.

This is an exception and very rare original production drawing of Mickey Mouse getting ready to spray perfume onto Pluto. Mickey measures an impressive six inches tall and the drawing contains the color reference notes for both the bottle of perfume and the pump sprayer. The animation drawing is rendered in a large number of colored pencils including: graphite, orange, purple, brown, pink, yellow, peach, red, blue, and green. The dialog for the scene is below:

Mickey (speaking to Pluto): "When I get through, you'll win a dozen blue ribbons."

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