DescriptionWalt Disney Studios - "Mickey's Nightmare", Group of Seven Animation Drawings Original Art (Walt Disney, 1932). The years 1928 to 1938 brought a spectacular advance in cartoon "character animation" to the Walt Disney Studios. This lot of seven Mickey Mouse animation drawings has become known to animation afficionados as "Mickey Smiles." The 12.5" x 9.5" inch drawings have been attributed to artist Carlos Manriquez, who was only the 42nd employee hired by Disney. Mickeys from 1932 are highly prized by fans due to the stylized art; Mickey sported a much larger eyebrow for that one year only. This Mickey series is from that all-important era when animation made the transition from mere novelty to art form. These stunning drawings are graphite pencil on animation paper, and show only a bit of mild aging to the paper; otherwise they are in Excellent condition. As Malcolm Willits noted in a 1968 Vanguard feature , "There was a time, at distant theaters and raucous matinees, when cheers would reach the sun-filled streets when Mickey's name appeared. He was a celluloid crusader, and animated troubadour of song." This wonderful lot will have you cheering for Mickey all over again -- his appeal remains timeless.
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