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DescriptionMickey's Amateurs Goofy Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1937). "It busted!" Goofy seems surprised that his rickety "automated-orchestra" could not keep up its frenetic pace for long, after he "upshifted" to play "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight"... Poking fun at the popular amateur hour radio programs of the day, Mickey's Amateurs features The Mouse as the emcee of his own on-air show; he lets guests know of their dismissal by ringing a loud gong. The auditions range from painful (Peg-leg Pete), to downright violent (Donald and his sub-machine gun-augmented nursery rhyme), but Goofy's bit is unquestionably the funniest! His multi-instrument machine, chugs along like an old steam-powered car, and sounds more like an Oom-pah band than anything. The clap-trap contraption eventually self-implodes under the stress, but only after the instruments each take their respective turns savaging poor Goofy. For this outing, Disney decided to try a novel approach: using storymen as directors to see what would happen. Pinto Colvig (the voice of Goofy), Walt Pfeiffer, and Cal Penner were all recruited to helm the film - with hilarious results! Disney greats Art Babbit and Les Clark contributed animation. The film was released to theaters on April 27, 1937. This is an exceptional drawing of Goofy, measuring 6.5" tall, as he hams it up for the audience; the machine is swapping out his trombone for a piccolo. With his usual, heavy-lidded expression, he is dressed to the nines, in a band conductor jacket and plumed shako atop his head. He is rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 5-peghole animation paper. Minor edge wear and creasing to drawing; in Very Good condition.
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