Lot #859
Mickey and Minnie Mouse production drawings from Plane Crazy

Scarce matched Iwerks drawings from Mickey's first cartoon
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Estimate: $6500+


Scarce matched Iwerks drawings from Mickey's first cartoon

(Walt Disney Studios, 1928) Original pair of matching production drawings by Ub Iwerks featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Plane Crazy, showing the iconic Disney mice in the cockpit of a propeller-driven airplane. Accomplished in graphite and colored pencil on two sheets of untrimmed 12 x 9.5 animation paper, marked "364" and "360" in the lower corners. Total character image measures 3 x 2.75, and the plane image measures 9.75 x 4.25. In fine condition, with tiny losses to upper corners.

Plane Crazy was extremely significant in the history of animation, as it marked the creation of Mickey Mouse. The short was co-directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, with Iwerks serving as the main animator. Plane Crazy was a silent film and given a test screening to a theater audience, but failed to pick up a distributor; later in 1928 Disney released Steamboat Willie as a very successful sound cartoon, which is generally considered Mickey's debut despite being made after Plane Crazy.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #587 - Ended July 08, 2020