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    Honey Harvester Donald Duck Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1949). There was a period in time when Donald Duck's popularity surpassed even that of Mickey Mouse; his volatile temper and petty antics could often make for a much more entertaining cartoon short than some of his more well-behaved counterparts. Further, while Mickey had his own afternoon "clubhouse" show, Donald was more prominently featured on Disney's Sunday night television specials. This hysterical cartoon short features loads of sight gags - and pits Donald against a new adversary, Spike the Bee. Spike has been feeding on pollen from Donald Duck's hothouse flowers - and using an old abandoned Model "T" in the backyard as a hive. (In a clever nod, Spike is humming "Whistle While You Work.") Not only does Donald try to prevent Spike from feeding from his flowers, but he also steal's the poor beer's honey out of the car's radiator! The film was released to theaters on August 5, 1949 and was directed by Jack Hannah. In this scene, Spike has "augmented" his own stinger, by attaching a cactus spine! He has chosen on Donald's behind as his target... This drawing can be seen at the 6:21 point in the film, as Donald clutching honey jars in one hand, and his hat in the other, makes a mad dash to avoid the dive-bombing bee. Rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 5-peghole animation paper, Donald measures roughly 5" x 4". Drawing has some very slight creasing near edges (image unaffected). In Fine condition.

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