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    The Country Cousin Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1936).
    An adaptation of "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse" from Aesop's Fables, Disney's The Country Cousin, was the Oscar in 1936 for Best Animated Short Subject - and it's easy to see why. The film is a masterpiece of character animation and storytelling. Released on October 31, 1936, Wilfred Jackson directed the short, with Les Clark and Art Babbit both contributing animation. The film follows the story of hayseed mouse Abner, from "Podunk," who decides to pay his city-dwelling Monty a visit. Quickly ashamed of his unsophisticated background, Abner is quickly overwhelmed by the urban setting, and, in a series of disastrous mishaps, quickly determines that city life is not for him! This is an amazing original animation drawing from the Oscar-winning short. A very large image size measures nearly 8" tall, and depicts both Abner and Monty. It can be seen near the 6:56 point in the film. A sumptuous feast has been laid out for the human inhabitants with which Monty shares his home. Abner, unaccustomed to champagne, has gotten drunk and knocked over most of the dishes. In the process, he and Monty tumble over the side of the table, but are saved by Abner's umbrella - which acts as a parachute for the pair. The two mice are both drawn in graphite and colored pencil. The drunken Abner has the silliest, heavy-lidded expression on his face - he looks like he couldn't be any less concerned. Monty, on the other hand, is aghast as his cousin's behavior, even as the float gently down to safety... The drawing would have been made using the Disney 1930s standard - that is, 12 field 5-peghole paper. However, the drawing has been trimmed down slightly on the sides and the pegholes have been moved upwards and re-punched, roughly a half inch. The on-screen area/frame looks to have been altered slightly and shifted up a little from the original layout. Though Monty is fully-depicted here in the drawing, due to the placement of the new pegholes (as well as a comparison with the final shot as it appears in the short), he would not appear fully in-frame, as the camera pans downwards. The drawing is matted and framed under Plexiglass, with a mat opening of 9" x 9" in a 14" x 14" frame; frame is sold as-is. Slight toning and handling wear of paper. In Very Good condition.

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    November, 2019
    27th Wednesday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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