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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of a Penguin from "Peculiar Penguins," 1934


Original production drawing of a Penguin from "Peculiar Penguins," 1934; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 461 lower right; Size - Penguin: 3 x 1 3/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

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"Peculiar Penguins" is a Silly Symphonies animated Walt Disney short film that was released on September 1, 1934 and distributed by United Artists. It was written by William Cottrell, directed by Wilfred Jackson, and with music composed by Leigh Harline. Inspiration for the film was undoubtedly Walt Disney's love of animals and of nature; a theme that he continued with throughout his career.


Close up of the Penguin original animation production drawing.

The story of "Peculiar Penguins" is set on an Antarctic island and follows a colony of happy go lucky penguins as they go about their mating rituals and day-to-day habits. One of them tries to impress his girlfriend by giving her an ice cream cone constructed of an icicle and snow balls. There are some great animated sequences, with the highlight being an underwater chase scene involving a very large and hungry shark. Of course, all the penguins manage to escape unharmed.


Close up of the production number.

This is a rare original production animation drawing of a Penguin. Artwork from this animated short film is rare, and this is a full figure, eyes open, beautifully rendered drawing; a great addition to any animation collection!