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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Mickey's Garden," 1935


Original production drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Mickey's Garden," 1935; Graphite, green, blue, and red pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 187 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse: 4 x 3 3/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

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"Ha ha ha! Hey, Pluto, cut it out!" - Mickey Mouse

"Mickey's Garden," 1935 is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The film was the 76th Mickey Mouse short, the second Mickey cartoon shot in Technicolor (after "The Band Concert"), and is also the first color appearance of Mickey's faithful dog companion Pluto (voiced by Pinto Colvig). "Mickey's Garden" is also the first color cartoon where Mickey speaks, and he was voiced by Walt Disney. The short was animated by Art Babbitt, Frenchy DeTremaudan, and Dick Huemer

The story of the short is that Mickey's garden is being invaded by swarms of insects. Mickey, in an attempt to get rid of them, begins to use a pump sprayer filled with pesticide. Eventually the spray pump becomes blocked and Mickey tries to fix it. At the same time, Pluto is chasing a bug and ends up being bitten on his nose. The bug begins to teases him, and Pluto lunges at it and gets his head stuck inside of a pumpkin. Pluto runs about it with the pumpkin on his head and bumps into Mickey, who accidentally gets sprayed with the insecticide. Soon the poison causes Mickey to begin to hallucinate.


Close up of the Mickey Mouse production animation drawing.

Mickey finds himself in an imaginary world where he, his house, and Pluto have shrunk in size and the bugs are now giants. The bugs begin to drink the insecticide, but instead of killing them, they become intoxicated and start to chase after Mickey and Pluto. There are various wonderfully animated sequences with different giant bugs chasing both Mickey and Pluto. Eventually Mickey wakes up and discovers, much to his delight, that the giant worm he which he was wrestling is actually his garden watering hose. Pluto manages to break free from the pumpkin and catapults it onto Mickey by accident. Pluto starts licking Mickey on the face and the animated short comes to an end.


Close up of the production number.

This is a wonderful original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse filling his insect sprayer with insecticide. Mickey is full figure with both his eyes and mouth open and the drawing is beautifully rendered in graphite and multiple colored pencils. A great drawing of Mickey Mouse perfect for any animation collection!

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