WALT DISNEY STUDIO
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
original production animation drawing
blue, red and black pencil on untrimmed animation sheet, image size: 3" x 3"
This delightful original final animation drawing of J. Thaddeus Toad was created by a Disney Studio animator in production of the animated feature, and a cel painting was made directly from it. In this scene supervised by Walt Disney's master animator Frank Thomas, one of his Nine Old Men, Mr. Toad tells Moley and Ratty, standing in the road below, of the joy he experienced while gallivanting about the countryside in a gypsy cart pulled by Cyril Proudbottom. It is an animator's extreme drawing with grid drawn at right; the blue pencil underdrawing is undoubtedly Frank Thomas' work. Jack Kinney directed this segment of the two-part feature, based on The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. The animator wrote the studio designation “92” at lower right to indicate this original's place in the scene.