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Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Society Dog Show," 1939


Original Production Animation Drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Society Dog Show," 1939

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Society Dog Show," 1939, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, red, and green pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 24 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 5 1/4 x 8", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed.


"Don't be afraid Judge, he won't bite." - Mickey Mouse


Society Dog Show (originally released on February 3, 1939) is a Walt Disney Company animated short film that was distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Bill Roberts and animated by Al Eugster, Shamus Culhane, Fred Moore, John Lounsbery, Norm Ferguson, and Leo Salkin. The short is notable in that it was the last appearance of Mickey's older dotted eye character design.


The plot summary of "Society Dog Show" is that Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt Disney) enters his dog Pluto into an upscale dog show. While Mickey grooms Pluto, Pluto starts swooning over Fifi the Peke who is flirting with him in an adjoining grooming station. Chaos erupts when Pluto, annoyed by all the prodding during the dog show inspection, attacks the Dog Show Judge (voice by Pinto Colvig). Mickey and Pluto are thrown out of the Dog Show and onto the street. Suddenly a fire breaks out in the building when the flash powder from a camera ignites some of the Dog Show decoratons. Pluto bravely goes into the burning building and saves Fifi. The final scene is when the Dog Show Judge places a "Public Hero #1" medal around Pluto's neck, and he shares a hug with Fifi!


This is a very nice original production animation drawing of both Mickey Mouse and his dog Pluto from the 1939 Walt Disney short film "Society Dog Show." It's always great to have both characters on the same sheet and this is a wonderful image of both Mickey and Pluto. Both characters are large full figure images, eyes and mouth open, and engaged in an action oriented pose. The drawing is from the scene when Pluto is fed up with the Dog Show Judge prying and aggressively moving him around during his judging; and tries to bite the Judge, who runs and perches on top of a standing microphone. As Mickey is holding back Pluto by his dog collar he says, "Don't be afraid Judge, he won't bite." A beautiful and rare piece of vintage Disney animation artwork, and a great addition to any collection!


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