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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Dumbo" (1941) [Series] - Crow Pencils

More Dumbo items from the Cowan Collection...

OK. Let me get started again....  Continuing with some nice pencils of the Crows from Dumbo.  One of the more interesting items is a sketch of the Crows with their names and mark up directions. My guess is that the names were added at a later time, but it does provide some insight as to the process of getting everyone's name correct...

From Wikipedia:
The crow characters in the film are in fact African-American caricatures; the leader crow voiced by Caucasian Cliff Edwards is officially named "Jim Crow". The other crows are voiced by African-American actors, all members of the Hall Johnson Choir.
 The Crows
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From Dumbo (1941).  A pencil sketch of crows with red mark up directions, names of crows.  "2006.12.212.0"  "cel 1  1st set up  24B"  10”H X 12"W  Circa 1941  Acquired 2000. SeqID-0500

From Dumbo (1941).  A pencil sketch of Dandy (Jim) Crow.  "2006.19.18.0"  "8 of 19.1"  "36" "Reg to BG"  10h X 12"W

From Dumbo (1941).  A pencil sketch of the crows sitting on a telephone line.  Pencil in red.  "2006.19.229.0"  "C9"  10h X 12"W.  Circa 1941. Unframed Item: 12"W x 10"H  SeqID-0498  Acquired 2000.


  1. These are wonderful, especially that first one - so lively, and you've got the whole group of crows. I find the notations and the slightly rougher quality much more interesting than completely cleaned up drawings.

    Hope those stem cells are doin' their thing!

  2. I just can't get over your collection. I keep coming back and admiring these drawings.

    Take good care of your health and take lots of time to recover. I'm going through my own hell now, and know how it feels.

  3. Hi Robert, just checking in and hoping that you are on the mend. - David

  4. Hi, Robert!
    How are you?
    It would be interesting to see new treasures in your gallery!

  5. Everything okay Bob? Haven't heard much from you lately. Hope your recovery is on schedule.


  6. Hello Robert, okay?
    It is the first access your blog and loved it.
    I'ma big fan of animations made by Disney since my childhood.

    I hope to comment here more often ..
    And if you can take a look at my blog I will be glad too.