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    Mickey's Circus Animation Drawings Sequence of 5 (Walt Disney, 1936).
    Mickey Mouse is hosting a circus featuring Donald Duck and a trio of sea lions in Disney's 1936 short subject film, Mickey's Circus. After Mickey introduces the performers, Donald enters the ring only to be stampeded by the sea lions and a young sea lion pup. When each trick is finished, the sea lions beg to be fed, throwing their balls at Donald and pointing to their mouths. Before Donald can feed the last sea lion, the pup intervenes and steals the fish. The resulting tug-of-war ends in the sea lions fighting over the fish. You can see this scene play out in this wonderful sequence of drawings showing Donald after being hit in the mouth with a fish. You will find these images around the 7:48 mark in the short subject film. Each piece is noted as number 25 (Donald hit in the face with a fish, image area size 6" x 6"), #27 (Donald with fish in mouth with water droplets image area size 8" x 6"), #33 (Donald landing in water splash, image area size 7" x 4.25"), # 41 (water splash effects, noted as model only, image area size 9" x 4"), #120A (pile of fish, noted as model drawing, image area size 9.75" x 3"). Mickey's Circus, released on August 1, 1936, was directed by Ben Sharpsteen who would go on to direct another circus film for Disney, Dumbo. Animation was done by two of "Walt's Nine Old Men", Milt Kahl and Frank Thomas along with Shamus Culhane who was instrumental in developing and promoting the first female animator, Lillian Friedman Astor. The drawings were rendered in graphite with colored pencil on 12 field 2-peghole animation paper. This is actual working production art and thus will show normal usage, and handling; overall condition is Very Good.

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