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DescriptionThe Merry Dwarfs Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1929).
This short, the fifth "Silly Symphony," was released on December 16, 1929. This was early enough in the Studio's history that Walt still acted as both producer and director. Mickey Mouse designer Ub Iwerks contributed animation - along with Wilfred Jackson and Les Clark. As the film was free of dialogue, it was heavily dependent upon the musical score, which was provided by future Warner Bros. composer Carl Stalling. The spectacle of on-screen animated characters moving in time to a synchronized soundtrack was still a novelty to audiences, thus the gags throughout the film took precedence over the story. The short largely consists of scenes of the dwarfs dancing and drinking to the point of drunkenness in their woodland village. Drinking figured prominently in many Disney films to follow - usually with disastrous results. Here, the dwarfs are free to enjoy their beer without any consequences. It's interesting to note the changes in the way dwarfs would be depicted only eight years later for the release of Snow White. The film is also remarkable in that the second half largely deals with the frenzied dancing of a town full of inebriated dwarfs (remember, this was the height of Prohibition!) This is a charming original animation drawing from this early Disney effort. It can be seen near the 2:20 point in the film, as four dwarfs dance in a line and raise their beer mugs to down their drinks. The drawing features one dwarf, near the right side of the paper; registration marks have been added over and under him, so that he could be traced and "triplicated" to make four dwarfs dancing in time together. This cheerful little fellow measures 4" high, and is rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 2-peghole animation paper. (These pegholes are located along the left edge of the paper here, rather than along the bottom, as most are accustomed to seeing in Disney artwork.) A delightful piece of early animation history! Paper has light handling wear and minor creasing. The piece is framed under Plexiglass in a 14.5" x 11" frame; frame is sold as-is. In Very Good condition.
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