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    Elmer Elephant Group of 4 Animation Drawings (Walt Disney, 1936). "My hero!" Well, it looks like some lucky elephant has a new girlfriend... This short film is seen by some critics as being the spiritual forerunner to the feature film Dumbo, which would be released just five years later; it also concerns an elephant ashamed of a physical attribute - and one which ends up being the very thing that saves the day. Invited to attend his sweetheart Tillie Tiger's birthday party, Elmer is mocked relentlessly by the other animals for his long trunk. After running away to hide in shame, Elmer returns to the party to help put out a fire by using his trunk as a fire hose. He is also able to catch Tillie and lower her to safety as the beam which was providing support for her tree house is about to snap in two. The film ends with Elmer receiving a grateful kiss in front of everybody - and blushing bright red as he accepts his reward. The two drawings of Elmer can be seen near the beginning of the film, at the 52 second mark. Elmer carries a small bouquet of flowers as a birthday present for Tillie and is just about to knock on her bamboo front gate, when he cocks an ear to listen to the animals singing "Happy Birthday." The two drawings of Tillie can be seen at the 7:56 point in the film, when Tillie says "My hero!" and puckers her lips. The film was directed by Wilfred Jackson and was released on March 28, 1936. Many animation giants contributed animation to the short, including Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Ham Luske, and Wolfgang Reitherman. The "stars" of this film weren't just the animators - famed artists Ferdinand Horvath and Maurice Noble were responsible for the layouts and backgrounds. Their talents were put to good use, as the jungle setting of the film is exploited with masterful handling to provide a lush and gorgeously-detailed stage for the characters. This is especially apparent in the opening shot of Elmer walking against a pan background, which closely resembles those from of The Jungle Book, which would come 30 years later! Apart from a couple of cameos here and there, the character of Elmer never again starred in his own short. He was, however, apparently very popular in merchandising at the time. All four drawings are rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 5-peghole animation paper. Minor toning and handling. All four are in Very Good condition.

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