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Friday, March 25, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of the Pelican from "Mickey's Man Friday," 1935

Original production drawing of the Pelican from "Mickey's Man Friday," 1935; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 82 lower right; Size - Pelican and Rope: 3 1/2 x 10", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.


"Mickey's Man Friday" is a Walt Disney short film, featuring Mickey Mouse, originally released on January 5, 1935. It was directed by Dave Hand and was animated by Johnny Cannon and Gerry "Clyde" Geronimi. The cartoon could be considered controversial today, because the native cannibals featured in the film are black caricatures and racial stereotypes.  The short was loosely based on the book "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe, and was released to the home movie market under the name "Robinson Crusoe Mickey."


Close up of the Pelican original production animation drawing.

The story of "Mickey's Man Friday" is that Mickey Mouse finds himself stranded on an island. On the island, he runs into some cannibals that are about to cook one of their own. Mickey manages to scare them off and he saves the cannibal that was to be eaten. Mickey makes friends with him, gives him a top hat, and names "Friday." Mickey and Friday then get busy constructing a fort, in case the native cannibals return. The entire tribe does return and Mickey, together with Friday and a befriend pelican, hold off the cannibals by activating lots of booby traps that have been created along with the fort. The end of the film has Mickey and Friday escaping the island on a turtle powered boat.


Close up of the production number.

This is a very rare original production animation drawing of the Pelican, who assisted Mickey Mouse and his man Friday construct and defend their fort against the island cannibals. Original artwork from "Mickey's Man Friday" is very rare and this is wonderful full figure, eyes open drawing of Mickey Mouse's friend, the Pelican. He is flying with a rope linked to his beak and his throat pouch is filled with coconuts that he drops onto the invading cannibals. A great original production drawing from a rare black and white early Mickey Mouse film short.