Saturday, April 23, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Society Dog Show," 1939

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Society Dog Show," 1939; Graphite  and orange pencil on peg hole paper; Lettered JJ lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 4 3/4 x 7 1/2", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed.

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"Pluto, the Skating Marvel." - Mickey Mouse

Society Dog Show (originally released on February 3, 1939) is a Walt Disney Company animated short film that was distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Bill Roberts and animated by Al Eugster, Shamus Culhane, Fred Moore, John Lounsbery, Norm Ferguson, and Leo Salkin. The short is notable in that it was the last appearance of Mickey's older dotted eye character design.

Close up of the original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto.

The plot summary of "Society Dog Show" is that Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney) enters his dog Pluto in an upscale dog show. While Mickey grooms Pluto, Pluto starts swooning over Fifi the Peke who is flirting with him in an adjoining grooming station. Chaos erupts when Pluto, annoyed by all the prodding by the Dog Show Judge (voice by Pinto Colvig), attacks him. Mickey and Pluto are thrown out of the Dog Show and onto the street. Suddenly a fire breaks out in the building when the flash powder from a camera ignites some of the Dog Show decoratons. Pluto bravely goes into the burning building and saves Fifi. The final scene is when the Dog Show Judge places the "Public Hero #1" medal around Pluto's neck, and he shares a hug with Fifi!

Close up of the production letters.

This is a great drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto and "Gerry" Geronimi supervised the animation of this scene. In the short, Mickey straps roller skates onto Pluto's paws so that he can perform as "Pluto, the Skating Marvel." However, as they approach the stairs, they are pushed back by dogs and people fleeing a fire that was started by a photographer's flash bulb. This is just a wonderful action filled drawing with both Mickey Mouse and Pluto full figure, eyes and mouths open. A beautiful work that would be a great addition to any animation collection!

To see the drawing in the film, just click on the short video below: