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DescriptionToby Tortoise Returns Group of 6 Animation Drawings (Walt Disney, 1936). "I like a man who takes his time..." This spirited follow-up to Disney's Oscar-winning Tortoise and the Hare once again pits the characters of unassuming Toby Tortoise and cocky Max Hare against one another in an athletic competition - this time a boxing match. Many other Disney characters make cameos throughout the short, including Elmer Elephant, the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Harpo Marx-modeled Cuckoo from Who Killed Cock Robin? Styled after Mae West, and also from Cock Robin, Jenny Wren plays a pivotal role, as her words of encouragement/double entendre (see above quote) are ultimately what keep Toby from losing hope... The short was conceived and written by Disney Legend, animator Ward Kimball. Studio employees who presented a story idea which would make it to the production stage were treated to a $100 bonus. However, due to Kimball's so-called "short time at the studio", he was only given a check for half that amount! This frenetically-paced cartoon short features some innovative and masterfully-handled action sequences. Blurs, smears, distortions, and stretches were some of the many dynamic techniques employed to add a sense of frenzied motion to this animated boxing match. The drawings offered here come from three separate moments in the film. The drawing of Max's feet spinning occurs at the 1:34 point, as the hare begins to taunt his rival. The three which depict Toby alone occur at 1:50 in the film, after Max rushes by the tortoise so quickly, that he leaves Toby spinning in mid-air. The final pair of drawings can be seen at the 5:57 point in the film, as Max is winding up his final punch. "Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue" is moments away from playing, in time to Toby's "fireworks show." The film was released on August 22, 1936 and was directed by Wilfred Jackson. It features animation by Walt Kimball, Milt Kahl, Dick Lundy, and Dick Huemer - which is readily apparent in the numerous instances of lively and spirited character movement. All six drawings are rendered on 12 field 5-peghole paper. Slight toning apparent throughout all drawings. The drawing which depicts Max Hare running (with his legs resembling a blurry spiral) has some minor edge wear near the bottom right corner; image area unaffected. Characters are drawn in graphite with colored pencil highlights and effects animation. Beautiful drawings from some of the studio's most famous animators - and an important film in the Silly Symphonies canon. All are in Very Good condition.
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