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    Steamboat Willie Minnie Mouse Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1928). When Minnie Mouse is late to board the titular steamboat, Mickey Mouse thinks fast and catches her with a hook to reel her in. Created for the moment seen at the 3:27 mark of the historical theatrical short Steamboat Willie, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, this is an astonishingly rare original animation drawing featuring one of the earliest portrayals of Minnie Mouse. Considered the official debut of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (they had also appeared months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy), Steamboat Willie is especially notable for being the first Disney cartoon with synchronized sound, as Walt Disney understood that this technical innovation was the future of film. This incredible drawing is by the hand of the great Disney Legend Ub Iwerks, credited as the first person to ever draw Mickey Mouse. In addition, this is the first drawing we have ever seen of Minnie Mouse on her own sheet of animation paper from Steamboat Willie. A wonderful rendering in graphite with red and blue pencil, this full-figure image measures a large and centered 5.25" x 4" on the 12 field 2-peghole animation paper. The drawing bears the hand-written numbers 68 and 69, and the sheet shows handling with age-related toning, two vertical folds dividing the paper into thirds, and tearing along the border of the sheet. The paper is brittle with age and may need restoration. The drawn image area, however, is still very much intact. An extremely rare and historically significant piece from one of the most important cartoons of all time, this unbelievably rare drawing is in Fair condition.

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