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Friday, September 11, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Klondike Kid," 1932


Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Klondike Kid," 1932; Graphite and green pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 169 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 3 x 10 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.


"Klondike Kid," (originally released on November 12, 1932) is a black and white Walt Disney Studios animated short film that was distributed by United Artists Pictures. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson and animated By Norm Ferguson, Johnny Cannon, Frenchy de Tremaudan, Hardie Gramatky, Les Clark, Tom Palmer, Clyde Geronimi, Ben Sharpsteen, Marvin Woodward, Charlie Byrne, Chuck Couch, and Harry Reeves. It starred the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse, Marcellite Garner as Minnie Mouse, Pinto Colvig as Goofy, and Billy Bletcher as Peg-leg Pete.


Close up of the Mickey Mouse and Pluto production drawing.

"Klondike Kid" is an homage to the classic 1925 silent film by and starring Charlie Chaplin entitled "The Gold Rush." In the Walt Disney version, Mickey Mouse entertains the patrons of a saloon as a piano player, and then ends up comforting a poor and homeless Minnie Mouse. Peg-leg Pete comes storming in and steals her away after a gun battle. A dogsled chase follows, with Pluto pulling Mickey's sled following Pete and Minnie on their own dog sled. A wild Chaplinesque battle ensues at Pete's cabin. Meanwhile, Pluto makes a giant snowball on the side of the mountain, which gets larger and larger as it tumbles down the mountain. Eventually it crashes into the cabin, demolishing it into it's component parts, trapping Pete; but Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto escape from the snowy top.


Close up of the production number.

This is an extremely rare and wonderful drawing of Mickey Mouse on his dog sled, being pulled by Pluto. Both Mickey and Pluto are full figure and it is rare to have more than one character on a single animation sheet. The drawing was used just after Mickey gets onto his sled and begins to pursue Peg-leg Pete. Drawings from the early black and white Walt Disney cartoon shorts are very rare, and this is a fantastic image!

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