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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck from "Mickey's Fire Brigade," 1935


Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck from "Mickey's Fire Brigade," 1935; Blue, red, yellow, orange, pink, black, and graphite pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 133 lower and upper right; Size - Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: 4 1/2 x 9", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

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"Mickey's Fire Brigade," 1935 is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, music by Bert Lewis, and with animation by Paul Allen, Milt Kahl (inbetweening), Grim Natwick, Fred Spencer, Bill Tytla, and Cy Young. The short features the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse, Clarence Nash as Donald Duck, Pinto Colvig as Goofy, and Elvia Allman as Clarabelle Cow.


Close up of the Goofy, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck production drawing.

The plot of "Mickey's Fire Brigade" is that Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are firefighters responding to a hotel fire. Mickey drives a contemporary style hook-and-ladder fire truck, Donald is standing on the stack a ladders on the truck shouting "Fire! Fire! Fire!", while Goofy is steering the rear of the truck. The three fire fighters arrive at the hotel and go to work. The film is filled with lots of comedic gags which show the trio to be inept fireman. The fire and smoke are animated as if to have a mind of their own, and they make every attempt to foil the fireman's efforts to put them out!

The firefighters soon realize that there is a woman upstairs who needs saving. They find Clarabelle Cow locked in the bathroom taking a bath and singing, unaware that the hotel is on fire. After Goofy unsuccessfully warns her through the transom, Mickey and Donald break the door down using Goofy as a battering ram. Clarabelle is alarmed and thinks that Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are criminals. As Clarabelle is screaming for the police and hitting them with her scrub brush, the three firefighters lift her bathtub (with Clarabelle still in it) and shove it out the window. Clarabelle sails through the air in her tub, and slides down a ladder to the ground. The three firefighters then land in the bathtub. The film ends with Clarabelle continuously hitting them with her scrub brush.


Close up of the production number.

This is an extremely rare and wonderful drawing of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy from the 1935 Walt Disney animated short, "Mickey's Fire Brigade." This is one of the finest color call out drawings I have ever offered for sale in my 20 + years of dealing and it is from the high point of Walt Disney Mickey Mouse shorts, right in the middle of the 1930's. It is rare to have multiple characters on a single animation drawing, and this is certainly one of the best scenes in the animated short. In addition, this is a rare multi-colored shaded, color call out drawing; that indicates to the Walt Disney Ink and Paint Department which paint colors are to be used for each section of the characters. The numbers represent different paint colors and the lines indicate which parts of the character are to receive that specific color. In addition, the drawing was used in the scene when Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are using a fireman's ladder to try and save Clarabelle Cow from a hotel fire! However, they end up having to save themselves. All three characters are full figure, the image is centered on the sheet, and the action pose is beautifully rendered.

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