WALT DISNEY STUDIO
The Nifty Nineties (1941)
original production animation drawing
red, green, brown and black pencil on untrimmed animation sheet, image size: 5" x 4.5"
This original final animation drawing of a vaudeville comedian, a self-caricature by Disney animator Ward Kimball, was created by a Disney Studio animator in production of the cartoon, and a cel painting was made directly from it. This Mickey Mouse and Minnie cartoon directed by Riley Thompson is set in the 1890s, and the couple visits a theatre where they enjoy the antics of a comedy duo. Ward Kimball animated the scenes of the comedians, and he styled them after himself and Fred Moore; the brown pencil underdrawing is undoubtedly Mr. Kimball's work. The animator wrote the studio designation “44” at lower right to indicate this original's place in the scene.