WALT DISNEY STUDIO
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (circa 1937)
animation model sheet
photostat on paper, dimensions: 11" x 14" + 1" strip at left
Since the early 1930s the Disney Studio has produced model sheets of its animated characters and/or atmosphere and concept art for circulation among artists and animators working in production of an animated film. Before the 1970s they were reproduced by a photostatic or printing process. They were made when a character or setting was in development and to help animators maintain a consistent look to the character throughout the film.
This photostat model sheet titled "Grumpy Model Sheet" at upper left was made at the Disney Studio, likely soon after production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a second-generation print, made from a photostat for reference and future use; a strip of two punch holes was added at left, and it was kept in a studio binder. "Library of the Walt Disney Studio" is reproduced in the model sheet at center right. This is an early version of Grumpy, and the date "2-21-36" is reproduced in the model sheet below the title.