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DescriptionAlice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1951).
"Why is a raven like a writing desk?" poses the aptly-named Mad Hatter. It is the repetition of this very same riddle that convinces the absent-minded Hatter that Alice herself is the one who is mad. Diminutive in stature, the Mad Hatter has a boisterous energy - and a propensity for tea parties - especially those which celebrate a guest's "un-birthday." Walt Disney had been planning a feature-length adaptation of Alice for a number of years. Initially, he intended the film to be a combination of live action and animation, similar to his famous series of "Alice" comedy shorts he had made back in his silent film days, yet with the 1933 MGM version of the same story, Disney's project was shelved for a number of years. In the postwar era, Disney decided the time was right to return to the project. Alice premiered in London on July 26, 1951; Clyde Geronimi, Ham Luske, and Wilfred Jackson shared the directing credit. Longtime Disney favorite Ed Wynn lent his distinctive voice, in what is perhaps the most satisfying and popular depiction of the Mad Hatter in film to date. Disney greats John Lounsbery, Woolie Reitherman, and Ward Kimball all three contributed animation to the character. This is a very large drawing of the wacky character, as he holds his requisite teacup and saucer. It is a "rough" animation drawing, which means it is looser and more gestural in nature - qualities which are sometimes lost in "clean up". Further along in the process, rough animation drawings would be cleaned up by other artists, who would sharpen the lines and add details. Rough animation drawings are especially prized by collectors; these drawings are the originals which come directly from the hand of the animators and preserve their original dynamism and spontaneity. The image area on the drawing measures roughly 6.5" x 6.5". The Hatter is rendered in graphite on 16 field 3-peghole animation paper. There is some minor handling-wear and toning of the paper. Drawing is in Very Good condition.
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