"THE WISE LITTLE HEN" DONALD DUCK FIRST APPEARANCE ORIGINAL ART MODEL SHEET.
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Auction 193 - Part II
Item numbers 800 though 2307 in auction 193
9.5x12" sheet of animation paper with 4 peg holes along bottom margin and 2 peg holes along top margin as produced. Original lead pencil art of Donald Duck for his first appearance in the 1934 Silly Symphony "The Wise Little Hen." Directed by Wilfred Jackson and animated by Art Babbitt, Dick Huemer and Dick Lundy. Short was released Jun. 6, 1934. This art was most likely drawn in Dec., 1933 though we are unsure who the artist was. This is the first ever known finished drawings of Doanld Duck. This model sheet art finalized Donald's look for his first appearance on screen. Sheet contains 8 different, full-body images of Donald as well as a preliminary body shape sketch and 7 head shots, showing different views and emotions. Full-body image in upper right-hand corner has paste-over with new image of Donald as seen from the back. Artist Clyde Geronimi modified Donald's tail (on the printed, more usually seen version of this sheet), giving it its modern feathery look as opposed to the plucked bump featured here (in the other 7 full-body drawings on this sheet). When held to light, one can see prior drawing of Donald with large text reading "Back View." Bottom right-hand margin has "The Wise Little Hen" text and cartoon serial number "U.S. 20" (United Artists Silly Symphony #20). Sheet has even aging and shows some minor handling wear. Sheet itself is Fine, but art remains Exc. Unique and historically important. The greatest Donald Duck offering in our 41-year history.
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