Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Goofy from "Polar Trappers," 1938

Original production drawing of Goofy from "Polar Trappers," 1938; Red and graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 97 lower right; Size - Goofy: 8 x 5 1/2", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed.

"Polar Trappers," (released on June 17, 1938) is a Technicolor animated short film and was the first cartoon that Donald Duck and Goofy appeared without Mickey Mouse. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, produced by Walt Disney Productions, distributed by RKO Radio Picture, and the music was written by Paul J. Smith. It was animated by Art Babbitt, Al Eugster, Vin Hoskins, Ed Love, Wolfgang Reitherman, Shamus Culhane, Bob Wickersham, Stan Quackenbush, and Cornett Wood. Veteran Voice actors reprised their famous roles with Pinto Colvig providing the voice of Goofy, and Clarence Nash providing the voice for Donald Duck.

Close up of the Goofy original production drawing.

The story of "Polar Trappers" is that Donald Duck and Goofy are at the South Pole trapping arctic animals. The name of Donald's and Goofy's trapping business is "Donald & Goofy Trapping Co," and their slogan is "We Bring 'Em Back Alive." As the short opens, Goofy is setting up an animal trap while singing "We Bring 'Em Back Alive," while Donald is in an igloo preparing a meal. Donald explains how sick he is of eating beans all the time, and then suddenly sees a penguin outside. He thinks that a penguin would be a a great stand-in for a roast chicken. The rest of the cartoon deals with Donald trying to lure a large group of penguins into his cooking pot, while Goofy is trying to catch a walrus.

Close up of the production number.

This is a very detailed and wonderful original animation production drawing of Goofy from the 1938 animated Walt Disney short, "Polar Trappers." The drawing is from the scene when Goofy wonders after a walrus and finds himself inside of an ice cave. The cave is filled with sharp icicles barely hanging from the roof of the cave, and they seem to be on the edge of falling with any sudden sound. Goofy takes a stick pin from his arctic coat and drops it on the ground to see if a tiny sound would cause the icicles to fall. This drawing is him removing the stick pin from his coat. Goofy is eyes open, wearing his polar coat and his iconic hat. The drawing is accomplished in red and graphite pencil on peg hole animation paper; and is an absolutely fantastic drawing of Goofy from the 1930's!

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