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    Woodland Café Group of 7 Animation Drawings (Walt Disney, 1937). As Snow White's release loomed, the artistic advancements made by the studio became more evident in the shorts it produced, especially in terms of backgrounds and effects animation. This visually lush short was directed by Wilfred Jackson and released on March 13, 1937. Animator Dick Lundy worked on the Apache dance sequence and Ward Kimball was primarily on the wild, energetic closing band scene, consisting of many fast cuts. Cy Young's effects animation is also prevalent throughout the film, especially in regards to lighting. With no central character or narrative story arc, the film is instead, an early music video of sorts, in that it provides us with glimpses of as many characters as possible. It concerns a "supper club", with patronage and staff consisting entirely of insects. All the fixtures we are used to seeing in classic Hollywood films are here: a Maître D, a coat-check girl, a band-leader, etc. The first half of the film sets the scene, and consists largely of many inventive sight gags. A French-style Apache dance involving a spider and a fly comes next, in which the initially servile female partner becomes the dominant figure by the end of the performance. The finale consists of a wild swing number that rouses the entire club to its feet. The band leader (clearly patterned after Cab Calloway) conducts his players in a spirited performance of "Everybody's Truckin'," in which the term 'jitterbugging' is given a literal meaning. These drawings are simply gorgeous - and strongly reflect the aforementioned artistic growth of the studio. They boast visually appealing, solidly-drawn characters with great poses and facial expressions - and dynamic staging. A beautiful snapshot of the studio from Disney as it was reaching the heights of technical sophistication - and taking its well-earned place as the world's preeminent animation studio. The seven animation drawings here depict a cricket saxophone players, the band leader in his top hat, a trombonist, and an upright bass player - all decked out in coattails and gloves. In addition, there are two drawings of a jitterbugging couple as they mug for the camera. They are rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 5-peghole animation paper. Throughout the pieces, there is some slight handling, smudging, and creasing. Light toning of paper present. All are in Good to Very Good condition.

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