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Friday, August 21, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Dog Show Judge from "Society Dog Show," 1939


Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Dog Show Judge from "Society Dog Show," 1939; Graphite, red, blue, and green pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 1V lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and Dog Show Judge: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4", 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, Pluto, and Dog Show Judge production drawing.

The plot summary of "Society Dog Show" is that Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney) enters his dog Pluto in 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 by the Dog Show Judge (voice by Pinto Colvig), attacks him. 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 the "Public Hero #1" medal around Pluto's neck, and he shares a hug with Fifi!


Close up of the production number.

This is one of the finest drawings from "Society Dog Show" that I have ever offered for sale! It shows the Dog Show Judge getting ready to put the "Public Hero #1" medal around a smiling Pluto's neck, with Mickey smiling and watching from the side. It is very rare to have multiple characters on a single drawing, and this is a spectacular image of all three main characters from the short film. All three characters are eyes open and are smiling. The drawing is accomplished in graphite, red, blue, and green pencil on 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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