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DescriptionThe Band Concert Original Production Layout Drawing by Les Clark (Walt Disney, 1935).
Les Clark (1907 - 1979) began with Walt Disney Studios in 1927. He quickly became the go-to guy for Mickey Mouse animation in the studio's early days. He is a Disney Legend Inductee and one of "Walt's Nine Old Men". This is an outstanding Les Clark layout drawing of Mickey Mouse as the Band Leader for the cartoon The Band Concert. This short was directed by Wilfred Jackson and released on 2/23/35. It was the first Mickey Mouse full theatrical short to be released in color. (A theater promo clip for the Academy Awards had Mickey in color prior to this). This cartoon was listed as number 3 in Jerry Beck's book, The 50 Greatest Cartoons. This short is also considered by critics to be one of Mickey Mouse's finest roles. This is a Les Clark original of Mickey leading the band through the William Tell Overture. Great layout drawing of Mickey in full band leader outfit, image of 5". Graphite with red pencil highlights on 12 field, 2-peghole animation paper. 23 is under Mickey. He seems a little angry in this pose. It could be from Donald Duck or a pesky fly. This piece was originally sold at the Les Clark Estate sale in the early 1990's. One of the single most important drawings of Mickey Mouse for this historic short we have ever seen. Minor handling and edge wear. Overall Very Good condition.
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