Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of The Sugar Cookie Girl (aka Miss Bonbon and The Cookie Queen) from "The Cookie Carnival," 1935

Original production drawing of The Sugar Cookie Girl (aka Miss Bonbon and The Cookie Queen) from "The Cookie Carnival," 1935; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Number 159 lower right; Size - The Sugar Cookie Girl: 5 x 2 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

"The Cookie Carnival" is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released on May 25, 1935. It's a "Cinderella story" involving a Sugar Cookie Girl who wishes to be queen of the Cookie Carnival. The story is a homage to the Atlantic City boardwalk parade and bathing beauty contests of the 1920s and 1930s; which would eventually became the Miss America Pageant.

Close up of the original production drawing of The Sugar Cookie Girl. 

The film was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, written by Pinto Colvig and Ted Sears, and with music written by Leigh Harline. It was animated by Paul Allen, Johnny Cannon, Ugo D'Orsi, Nick George, Ferdinand Horvath, Jack Kinney, John McManus, Grim Natwick, Milt Schaffer, Leonard Sebring, Fred Spencer, Edward Strickland, Frank Thomas, Don Towsley, and Bill Tytla.

Close up of the production number.

Pinto Colvig (most known as the voice of Goofy) provided the voice of the Hobo Gingerbread Cookie Man; and Marcellite Garner (most known for the voice of Minnie Mouse) provided the voice of the Sugar Cookie Girl, who would become Miss Bonbon and go on to win the title of Cookie Queen. Vaudeville was fading away by the time "The Cookie Carnival" made its debut in the theaters, but audiences at the time would have been familiar with theatrical stage acts performed by the different cookies and sweets showcased in the film. The rags outfit of The Cookie Girl is very similar and certainly was a precursor to Snow White, which would be released in just two years.

This is a very rare drawing of The Sugar Cookie Girl from "The Cookie Carnival," 1935. Any original artwork from this Disney short is extremely rare; and this is a wonderful full figure and eyes and mouth open drawing of the leading female star of the film. She is dressed in her rags outfit when she was first spotted, on the wrong side of the peppermint tracks, by The Hobo Gingerbread Man who ultimately transformed her into the Cookie Queen.