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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse On A Camel from "MIckey In Arabia," 1932


Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and a Camel from "MIckey In Arabia," 1932; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 21 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and a Camel: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.


"Mickey in Arabia"(released July 1932) is a black and white animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Columbia Pictures. Walt Disney is the voice of Mickey Mouse and Marcellite Garner is the voice of Minnie Mouse. The film is banned by Disney due to racial stereotypes of individuals of Middle Eastern descent.


Close up of the Mickey, Minnie, and camel original production animation drawing.

The summary of "Mickey In Arabia" is that Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are riding on a camel in the Arabian Desert when they stumble upon a town. They dismount their camel and wonder through the village taking photographs, while their camel drinks from a large beer barrel and his intoxicated until the end of the film. At one point, as Minnie is photographing Mickey; a Sultan hidden behind a fence abducts Minnie. Mickey chases after them and the chase leads to the Sultan's Palace. There, Mickey scales a wall and enters through an open window to find Minnie struggling against the villainous Sultan. Mickey is able to free Minnie and a chase occurs with the Sultan and his armed henchmen. Mickey and Minnie run up a spiral stairway leading to the palace roof, and then over to the next building; only to fall onto an awning with the angry Sultan still in pursuit. The Sultan also leaps from the building edge and Mickey is able to retract the awning just as the Sultan falls and hits the ground, eventually running off into the distance. Mickey and Minnie continue to dodge the Sultan's henchman and Mickey is able to call his camel. The last scene is Mickey and Minnie riding off happily on their camel, hand in hand.


Close up of the production number.

This is an extremely rare and wonderful drawing of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse riding on a camel. All three characters are full figure, with both Mickey and Minnie eyes and mouth open. The drawing is from the scene when Mickey and Minnie have arrived inside the town and are getting ready to dismount the camel. Drawings from the early Walt Disney black and white cartoons are very rare, and this is an exceptional and highly detailed drawing. Note the front and back license plates on the camel!

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