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Saturday, May 17, 2008

? "Little Whirlwind" (1941)-Mickey Mouse Model Sheet

Sometimes it's difficult to identify an item independently. The seller of this item was one of the few early collectors and was friends with many of the Disney animators. This isn't so much a model sheet as it is a "snapshot" of various Mickey poses.

Mickey Mouse "Head Shots"

As I understand it, during the period 1941-1942 Mickey was drawn with his ears in perspective. This practice was dropped due to the length of time it took to draw the images. In some respects, this is similar to when Mickey's eyes were drawn with the "pie-eyed" features.

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From “Little Whirlwind” (1941). Model sheet of Mickey with 15 head images. Top images show Mickey with a hat on. Good smiles and laughs. (There is a name note "Phil Klein" on the sheet -- may be his autograph. [Unframed item: 12”W x 10”H] Acquired 1998. SeqID-0234 Updated: 8/3/2005

Seller's notes: "This is a most unusual model sheet of Mickey. Only during 1941 to 1942 was Mickey drawn with his ears in perspective. Although Phil Klein's name is on the sheet, it was probably drawn by Ward Kimball and Klein put his name on the sheet as 'owner.' Phil and Isador Klein were brothers that were both animators. The Klein's worked for a number of studios during that time."

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