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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck from "The Dognapper," 1934


Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck from "The Dognapper," 1934, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, red, green, blue, brown, and yellow pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 9 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck: 2 1/2 x 3 1/2", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.

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"The Dognapper,"1934 is an animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The film stars Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as police officers who chase Pegleg Pete who has dognaped Fifi, Minnie Mouse's pet Pekingese. The film was directed by David Hand and features the voices of Clarence Nash as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and Billy Bletcher as the voice as Pegleg Pete. This was the first and only time that Mickey was voiced by Clarence Nash, because Walt Disney was in Europe at the time and therefore unavailable to record his lines for Mickey.


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

The short was Donald Duck's third film and the first adventure story to star both Mickey and Donald. This was also the second, of only three black and white cartoons, to feature Donald Duck (the other two being "Orphan's Benefit" and "Mickey's Service Station"). 


Close up of the production number.

"The Dognapper" begins with newspaper headlines that Fifi, Minnie Mouse's "prize pooch," has been dognapped. The newspaper also has a description of the suspect, Peg Leg Pete. Police officers Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck here a transmission over their motorcycle radio about the robbery, and a description of the getaway car. Suddenly, they see Peg Leg Pete speed by in his car, and they hop onto their police motorcycle to chase after him. This is an extremely nice original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse driving his motorcycle (with smoke coming out of the tailpipe) with Donald Duck riding in the sidecar. The drawing is accomplished in multicolored pencils and is of an eyes open, full figure Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck from a very early Walt Disney black and white cartoon. A great addition to any animation art collection!