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DescriptionMickey's Rival Sequence of 6 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Animation Drawings (Walt Disney, 1936). Mickey's braggadocious opponent has gotten Mickey and Minnie between a rock - er, a tree - and a hard place... Mortimer, the slick Latin lover had goaded a bull into a fight in order to show off for Minnie - but has quickly disappeared, leaving the twosome to figure out an escape on their own. The name "Mortimer" was originally considered in place of "Mickey" for Disney's iconic star. Disney's wife, Lillian, quickly nixed that idea however, considering the name "too depressing." When a rival for Minnie's affections made an appearance in a short a few years later, what better name than Mortimer? The rivalry would continue for years to come in "Mickey Mouse" comics, as the character of Mortimer was developed further into a formidable opponent for the cheerful protagonist. This was the only time, however, that Mortimer would appear in a theatrical short. Rumor has it that the debonair character of Mortimer was even designed after Disney himself! This film was released on June 20, 1936 and was directed by Wilfred Jackson. Famed Disney animator/directors Clyde Geronimi and Les Clark contributed animation. The sequence of drawings can be seen near the 7:36 point in the film, after Mickey's (sentient) auto sprays mud in the bull's face to distract him - and Mickey shimmies up a tree trunk to rescue Minnie. Great full-body poses of both characters and masterful animation - just look at that "squash and stretch." Enormous drawn images fill most of the paper, and show a complete action (the snapping of the tree branch). This humorous sequence of drawings is rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 5-peghole animation paper. Drawings show some age-related toning and light creasing throughout. All are in Good condition.
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