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DescriptionThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Mr. Toad Animation Drawing Signed by Frank Thomas (Walt Disney, 1949). This lively 12 field 5-peghole final animation drawing of a wide-eyed J. Thaddeus Toad was created by Disney Studios animator Frank Thomas and his assistant in production of the animated feature, and a cel painting was made directly from it. Gallivanting merrily to "nowhere in particular" in a gypsy cart pulled by Cyril Proudbottom, Mr. Toad spies Ratty and Moley in the road and reins in Cyril. Joyfully, he leaps from the driver's seat to tell his friends of his adventures: "Hello, you fellows! You're the very animals I was coming to see." Frank Thomas (1912 – 2004), one of Walt Disney's master animators known as his "Nine Old Men," supervised the animation of this scene, and the under-drawing in blue pencil is his work. Mr. Thomas signed this drawing below the image. Jack Kinney directed this segment of the two-part feature, based on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. The animator wrote the studio designation "11A" at lower right to indicate this original's place in the scene; the graphite drawing is nicely shaded in red to differentiate the color of the back of the head and interior of the mouth from Toad's face. Image size is 4.5" x 6.5". A Howard Lowery Certificate of Authenticity is included. Art condition is Very Good with minor handling wear and slight paper toning.
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