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DescriptionTruant Officer Donald Group of 3 Donald Duck Animation Drawings (Walt Disney, 1941). "Okay, boys, come on out... You give up?" Armed with a ten-gallon hat, a five-pointed badge (Officer # 13), and delusions of grandeur, Donald believes himself to be akin to a lawman straight out of the Wild West, his sole purpose to keep kids in school. The only way his nephews will skip out is over his dead body - or, perhaps, their own! Garbed in red, orange, and green in this film (their costumes would not be codified until later), the mischievous ducklings, have other plans, however... Recklessly overzealous in his duties from the very beginning, Donald pursues his nephews like a hunter tracking his prey, finally even setting the boys' clubhouse on fire! In a somewhat morbid turn, the boys certainly get back at "Unca Donald", by placing three roast chickens in their places and making him think they've been burned alive. Not content to merely leave it at that, they even go so far as to stage a visit from an "angel" - who has a penchant for (literally) kicking behinds. This short was nominated for an Oscar, losing only to another Disney film, Lend a Paw. It was directed by Jack King, with story by "Duck Man" Carl Barks and Jack Hannah. Funny enough, the film was released about a month before school would have begun at the time, on August 1, 1941. This sequence of drawings is taken from the moment when Donald opens the clubhouse door, expecting to see his three repentant nephews, but quickly discerning that something's not right. The drawings can be seen at the 5m10s point in the film. Donald stands roughly 5" tall on 12 field 5-peghole paper and is rendered in graphite and colored pencil. An industry "trick" is revealed in the drawings where his bottom half is drawn entirely in red pencil; this was done to indicate to the Ink and Paint Department, that his bottom and top halves could momentarily be animated separately, as the bottom half would "hold the pose" for a few frames. Therefore, there was no need to retrace his figure in its entirety for drawings in which he would only partially move. Seemingly small techniques such as these saved untold amounts of unnecessary labor, and were widely used in Hollywood animation. Drawings show light creasing and toning. In Very Good condition.
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