Disney Shorts, 1928 - 1960's

A great collection of original production animation cels and original production animation drawings for sale from the Walt Disney short films.

Tinker Bell & Pixie Dust Cel
Tinker Bell & Pixie Dust Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Tinker Bell and Pixie Dust from "Walt Disney's Disneyland/Walt Disney Presents" circa 1961, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Sticker verso; Size - Tinker Bell & Pixie Dust: 5 x 5", Image 9 x 12"; Unframed; $1,200 or Pay Over Several Months!

Mickey Mouse & Pluto Drawing
Mickey Mouse & Pluto Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Society Dog Show," 1939, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, red, and blue pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 86 upper and lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 5 x 6 1/4", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; $800 or Pay Over Several Months!

Mickey Mouse & Giant Drawing
Mickey Mouse & Giant Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Giant from "Brave Little Tailor," 1938, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, orange, and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 23 in pencil lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse & Giant: 8 x 9", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; $950 or Pay Over Several Months!

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, 1933
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, 1933

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from "Ye Olden Days," 1933, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 40 in pencil lower right; Size - Mickey and Minnie Mouse: 5 3/4 x 3 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; $575 or Pay Over Several Months!

Mickey Mouse & Peg-Leg Pete drawing
Mickey Mouse & Peg-Leg Pete drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Peg-Leg Pete from "Two-Gun Mickey," 1934, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, yellow, and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 56 in pencil lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse & Peg-Leg Pete: 6 x 5 1/2", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; $725 or Pay Over Several Months!

Big Bad Wolf Disguised as Little Bo Peep Drawing
Big Bad Wolf Disguised as Little Bo Peep Drawing

Original production animation drawing of The Big Bad Wolf Disguised as Little Bo Peep from "Three Little Wolves," 1936, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, green, and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 244 in pencil lower right; Extensive notes throughout the sheet; Size - Big Bad Wolf Disguised as Little Bo Peep: 5 3/4 x 4", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; $400 or Pay Over Several Months!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Cel
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Mickey Mouse from "The Band Concert" 1935, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Mickey Mouse: 5 x 5 1/2", Image 7 x 7 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Donald Duck Cel
SOLD - Donald Duck Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Donald Duck on a bicycle from "Donald's Lucky Day," 1939, Walt Disney Studios; Set over a Courvoisier watercolor background; Size - Donald Duck & Bicycle: 4 x 5", Image 7 3/4 x 8 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Little Hiawatha Drawing & Cel
SOLD - Little Hiawatha Drawing & Cel

Original production animation drawing and an original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Little Hiawatha from "Little Hiawatha," 1937, Walt Disney Studios; Drawing is graphite, blue, green, and red pencils on peg hole paper numbered 30 in pencil lower right; Cel is numbered 26 in ink lower right corner; Size - Little Hiawatha: 6 3/4 x 4 1/2", Drawing sheet 10 x 12", Cel image 9 1/4 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Drawing
SOLD - Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from "On Ice," 1935, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 35 in pencil lower right; Size - Mickey and Minnie Mouse: 4 3/4 x 5", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Minnie Mouse, Figaro, & Frankie Cel
SOLD - Minnie Mouse, Figaro, & Frankie Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Minnie Mouse, Figaro, and Frankie from "Figaro and Frankie," 1947, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 26 in ink lower right; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Minnie Mouse, Figaro & Frankie: 5 x 7 1/2", Image 6 3/4 x 8 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Pluto & Baby Shelby Cel
SOLD - Pluto & Baby Shelby Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Pluto and Baby Shelby from "Canine Patrol," 1945, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Pluto & Baby Shelby: 4 1/2 x 8 1/2", Image 10 x 13 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1928
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1928

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Steamboat Willie," 1928, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 239 bottom right and 67 center right; Walt Disney Archives stamp number verso; Size - Mickey Mouse: 2 1/2 x 6 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Ye Olden Days," 1933, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 11A lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse, Donkey, & Crowd: 7 3/4 x 2 3/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 11"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Donald Duck Cel
SOLD - Donald Duck Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Donald Duck from a 1960's Walt Disney short, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker verso; Size - Donald Duck: 5 1/2 x 6 1/4", Image 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew Drawing
SOLD - Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew from "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood," 1938, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, blue, and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 37 in pencil lower right; Size - Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, & Barrel: 8 x 8 3/4", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Cel
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Mickey Mouse with a Trombone from a Thursday Circus Day episode of "The Mickey Mouse Club," 1955, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Mickey Mouse: 4 1/4 x 3 3/4", Image 9 x 12 1/4", Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Chip and Dale Drawings
SOLD - Chip and Dale Drawings

Original production animation drawings of Chip and Dale from "Donald Applecore," 1952, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 25C and 128A in pencil lower right; Size - Chip with Apple: 3 3/4 x 3 1/2", Dale: 3 x 2 1/2", Sheets 10 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Chip and Dale Cels
SOLD - Chip and Dale Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Chip, Dale, and Peanuts from "Working For Peanuts," 1953, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Production numbers lower cel edges; Size - Chip & Dale: 4 x 8", Image 8 3/4 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Goofy & Percy Cel
SOLD - Goofy & Percy Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Goofy and Percy from "How To Ride A Horse," 1941, Walt Disney Studios; Set over a Courvoisier air brush background; WDP stamp lower right; Numbered A-117 in ink lower right; Size - Goofy & Percy: 6 x 6 1/4", Image 9 x 11 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse & Pluto Drawing
SOLD - Mickey Mouse & Pluto Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Mickey's Parrot," 1938, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 14 in pencil lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 4 x 9", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - The Ugly Duckling Cel Setup
SOLD - The Ugly Duckling Cel Setup

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of the Swan, Cygnets (including The Ugly Duckling), and water effects cel; All over a hand painted Courvoisier background from "The Ugly Duckling," 1939, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Swan & Cygnets: 7 x 11 1/4", Image 11 x 13 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Donald Duck & His Grandfather Cel
SOLD - Donald Duck & His Grandfather Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Donald Duck and his Grandfather from "No Hunting," 1955, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Production numbers in ink lower cel edge; Size - Donald Duck & Grandfather: 4 x 4 1/2", Image 9 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Canine Caddy," 1941, Walt Disney Studios; Red, green, blue, and graphite pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 132 lower right; Stamped ART PROPS 2262 SC.8; Size - Mickey Mouse & Shadows: 4 1/2 x 9 1/2", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Cel
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Mickey Mouse with a fishing pole from "The Simple Things," 1953, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Mickey Mouse: 4 1/2 x 8", Image 9 1/4 x 12 1/2", Frame 20 x 22 1/2"; Framed with a black wood frame, two acid free mats, black wood fillet, and plexiglass; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1928
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1928

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Steamboat Willie," 1928, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 126 bottom right and 64 center right; Walt Disney Archives stamp number verso; Size - Mickey Mouse: 3 x 4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12", Mat 12 x 14 1/2"; Triple matted with a brass inset title plaque; SOLD!

SOLD - Persephone Drawing
SOLD - Persephone Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Persephone The Goddess of Spring and a Bird from "The Goddess of Spring," 1934, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, blue, and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 8 in pencil lower right; Size - Persephone & Bird: 6 x 5", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1935
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1935

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse from "The Band Concert," 1935, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 337 upper right; Size - Mickey Mouse: 5 1/4 x 5 1/2", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse with a Bucket of Water from "The Whalers," 1939, Walt Disney Studios; Red, blue, and graphite pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 183 lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse & Bucket of Water: 4 1/2 x 7", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Pluto and Fifi Cels
SOLD - Pluto and Fifi Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Pluto and Fifi from "Society Dog Show," 1939, Walt Disney Studios; Set over a Courvoisier air brush background; With original Courvoisier Galleries label; Size - Pluto: 3 1/3 x 4 1/2", Fifi: 2 1/2 x 3", Image 8 x 9 1/2", Mat 15 1/4 x 16"; Matted with original Courvoisier calligraphy titled mat; SOLD!

SOLD - Monty Mouse Cel
SOLD - Monty Mouse Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Monty Mouse from "The Country Cousin," 1936, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered 22 in ink lower right; Size - Monty Mouse: 6 1/2 x 5 1/2", Image 9 x 12 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Donald Duck Cel
SOLD - Donald Duck Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Donald Duck from "Steel and America," 1965, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker verso; Size - Donald Duck: 4 x 4 1/2", Image 9 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1934
SOLD - Mickey Mouse Drawing, 1934

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Steam Roller from "Mickey's Steam Roller," 1934, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite, green, yellow, and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 266 in graphite pencil upper right; Size - Mickey Mouse & Steam Roller: 7 1/2 x 10 1/2", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Figaro and Frankie Cels
SOLD - Figaro and Frankie Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Figaro and Frankie from "Figaro and Frankie," 1947, Walt Disney Studios; Figaro numbered 1 and Frankie numbered B243 in ink lower right; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Figaro and Frankie: 6 x 5 1/2", Image 8 1/2 x 10"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey Mouse & Pluto Drawing #43-O
SOLD - Mickey Mouse & Pluto Drawing #43-O

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse and Pluto from "Mickey's Gala Premiere," 1933, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 43-O lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse and Pluto: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Ludwig Von Drake Cel
SOLD - Ludwig Von Drake Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Ludwig Von Drake from a Walt Disney cartoon circa 1960's, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 106 in ink lower right; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Ludwig Von Drake: 9 1/2 x 5 1/2", Image 10 3/4 x 14 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Pluto Cel
SOLD - Pluto Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Pluto from a Walt Disney cartoon circa 1940's, Walt Disney Studios; Trimmed and applied to a lithographic background; Size - Pluto: 3 1/2 x 6 3/4", Image 8 1/4 x 10 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Pluto Cel
SOLD - Pluto Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Pluto from "In Dutch," 1940, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered C111 lower right; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Pluto: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4", Image 9 1/4 x 11 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Mickey, Minnie, & Camel, 1932
SOLD - Mickey, Minnie, & Camel, 1932

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and a Camel from "Mickey In Arabia," 1932, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 12 in pencil lower right; Size - Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and a Camel: 5 1/4 x 4 1/2", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Pete Drawing
SOLD - Pete Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Pete from "Moving Day," 1936, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite and red pencils on peg hole paper; Numbered 28 in pencil lower right; Size - Pete: 6 1/4 x 8", Sheet 10 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

Steamboat Willie Mickey Mouse Drawing.jp

Original production animation drawing of Mickey Mouse from "Steamboat Willie," 1928, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite pencil on peg hole paper; Numbered 239 bottom right and 67 center right; Walt Disney Archives stamp number verso; Size - Mickey Mouse: 2 1/2 x 6 1/4", Sheet 9 1/2 x 12"; Unframed.


"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." - Walt Disney 


"Steamboat Willie" (released on November 18, 1928) is a black-and-white animated short film produced by Walt Disney Studios, released by Celebrity Productions, and was directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie Mouse; although both characters had appeared several months early in a test screening of "Plane Crazy" and the earlier produced but not released short film "The

Gallopin' Gaucho." Although "Steamboat Willie" was the third Mickey short to be produced, it was the first to be distributed because Walt Disney, having seen "The Jazz Singer," was determined to produce the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. With "Steamboat Willie" Disney achieved not only synchronized character sounds, but also a synchronized musical score. Music for the short was arranged by Wilfred Jackson and Bert Lewis and included the songs "Steamboat Bill" and "Turkey In the Straw." Walt Disney performed all of the voices for the film and it would go on to become the most popular cartoon of it's day. In 1994 "Steamboat Willie" was voted to be 13th in "The 50 Greatest Cartoons" of all time, and in 1998 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."


The story of "Steamboat Willie" is that Mickey Mouse is piloting a river steamboat. He cheerfully whistles the song "Steamboat Bill" and he sounds the boat's three whistles. Soon the real ship's captain, Pete, shows up and orders Mickey off the bridge. Mickey blows a raspberry at Pete and Pete attempts to kick Mickey, but kicks himself instead. Mickey rushes down the stairs but slips on a bar of soap on the boat's deck, and he lands in a bucket of water. A parrots laughs at him, and in anger Mickey throws the bucket at him. Back on the deck, Pete pilots the steamboat and bites off some chewing tobacco and spits into the wind. The spit flies backward and rings the boat's bell. Pete tries to repeat this but the tobacco hits him in the face, causing him to get angry. The steamboat stops at "Podunk Landing" to pick up a cargo of livestock. Minnie Mouse almost misses boarding the boat, but manages to get on because Mickey is able to grab her by her underwear with the cargo crane, and swing her onto the deck just in the nick of time. Minnie accidentally drops her guitar and the sheet music to the song "Turkey In the Straw," which was then eaten by a goat. Mickey and Minnie use the goat as a phonograph by winding his tail like a crank, and the song begins to to come out of the goat's mouth. Mickey uses various objects and the animals on the boat as percussion accompaniment. The end of the song is played by Mickey using a pair of mallets to hit the teeth of a mouth open cow, emulating a xylophone. Finally Pete is annoyed by all the racket and puts Mickey to work peeling potatoes. In the potato bin, the same parrot as mentioned prior, laughs at him again; and an annoyed Mickey throws a potato at him, knocking him into the river. The short ends with Mickey laughing.


The following two paragraphs are from a publication excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p.137.


"Disney's Steamboat Willie is a landmark in the history of animation. It was the first Mickey Mouse film released and the first cartoon with synchronized sound. It threw silent animation into obsolescence, and launched an empire. Previously, there had been little to distinguish Disney's cartoons from those of his competitors. He was facing bankruptcy when Alan Crosland's The Jazz Singer, with long sequences of song and dialogue, took America by storm in 1927. Sensing that sound movies meant big business, Disney decided to stake all on his talking mouse. The movie opened at the Colony Theater in New York on November 18, 1928, a date that would become known as Mickey's birthday.


Audiences were stunned by the vitality of the film's characters. Unhampered by the difficulties of using new equipment with live actors, Disney was able to fuse technology with hand craftsmanship, naturalism with abstraction, an ability that, over time, proved him to be a great artist. So strong was the audience demand for Steamboat Willie that two weeks after its premiere Disney re-released it at the largest theater in the world, the Roxy in New York City. Critics came to see in Mickey Mouse a blend of Charlie Chaplin in his championing of the underdog, Douglas Fairbanks in his rascally adventurous spirit, and Fred Astaire in his grace and freedom from gravity's laws."


This is a spectacular drawing by Ub Iwerks of Mickey Mouse from the film that started it all, "Steamboat Willie," 1928. Mickey is eyes open and has a huge smile; while using a pair of mallets to play the teeth of cow like a xylophone, to the song "Turkey In the Straw." Walt Disney performed all of the voices for the film, and so no Disney animation art collection would be complete without an original piece of art from the first released Mickey Mouse cartoon "Steamboat Willie!"


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