Friday, March 25, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of the Violin Princess from "Music Land," 1935

Original production drawing of the Violin Princess from "Music Land," 1935; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 5 lower right; Size - Violin Princess: 3 1/4 x 2 3/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

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"Music Land" is a Silly Symphonies animated Disney short film distributed by United Artists and released on October 5, 1935. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson, written by Pinto Colvig, and with music written by Leigh Harline.

The short is loosely based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," and begins by showing a map of Music Land; before zooming in to show the Land of Symphony. The Land of Symphony is a classical music-themed kingdom, where the Princess (an anthropomorphized violin) grows bored with the slow ballroom dancing and sneaks out of the palace. Across the Sea of Discord is The Isle of Jazz, a jazz-themed kingdom alive with hot music and dancing. But the Prince (an anthropomorphized saxophone) takes little interest in the show and also sneaks away. 

The Saxophone Prince sees and falls in love with the beautiful Violin Princess, and soon war erupts when the respective leaders of the two Kingdoms find out what has happened. There are some wonderful animated sequences when both Kingdoms use music, played from their various musical instruments, as projectiles shot towards the rival Kingdom. The Prince and Princess are nearly drowned in the Sea of Discord until a cease fire is called. The short ends in a double wedding between the Prince and the Princess and the King and Queen; uniting the two Kingdoms with the creation of a Bridge of Harmony.

Close up of the Violin Princess original production animation drawing.

There is no dialog in the film, however each character "speaks" as a series of tones that correspond to the musical instrument on which they were based. In an attempt to bridge the gap between classical music and jazz, the short features music from Beethoven's "Eroica" and Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries"; as well as various popular, classical, jazz, and miscellaneous musical tunes.

Close up of the production number.

This is a very rare original production animation drawing of the Violin Princess from "Music Land," 1935. A beautiful full figure, eyes and mouth open drawing of the Violin Princess holding up her gown as she walks. Original artworks from this short is quite rare, and this is a great opportunity to acquire a gorgeous drawing perfect for any animation collection.