#161 STORYBOARD DRAWINGS(16) from SPARE THE ROD

This center cut of 16 storyboards is from the short in which Donald attempts to use psychology and “just play along” to control his mischievous nephews. He’s just seen them playing as African natives, so when real pygmy cannibals, who have escaped from the circus, come into his yard looking for stewed duck he makes the logical mistake and winds up in hot water. These are better than good, they’re great. Story man Nick George captured the action in pastel and charcoal on 8-1/4 x 6″ story sheets. George began his Disney career as an animator, but it wasn’t long before he found his real niche in the story department, where he was able to give vent to his flair for capturing the essence of a scene in a few vivid strokes. Disney, 1954.

#159 ANIMATION DRAWING of DONALD DUCK from THE HOCKEY CHAMP

Swooping and swirling, pirouetting and posturing, Donald is so caught up in the wonder of his own ice skating skill that, with a few deft touches, he actually transforms himself into Sonia Henie, the great Norwegian figure skating star. If you have to see it to believe it, cast your eyes on this uncontested image. One hundred percent ideal, it is 6-1/2”, rendered in black and red pencil on a 12-field sheet, and is by Paul Allen, who animated Donald’s shorts for more than 30 years. Disney, 1939.

#158 ANIMATION DRAWING of DONALD DUCK from SEA SCOUTS

Commodore Donald—no less—lovingly adjusts his hat, which is the best part of his uniform, the best part of being Commodore, and ultimately the best part of this short. His impeccable image is 5-1/4”, wonderfully rendered in black pencil on a 12-field sheet. Disney, 1939.

#157 COLOR MODEL DRAWING of DONALD DUCK from MICKEY’S CIRCUS

Ringleader Mickey may announce him as Captain Donald Duck and His Performing Sea Lions, but the act actually turns out to be more of a tug of war between him and his tricky (in more senses than one) seals. Decked out in gold braid and attempting to keep things on course, Donald is 4-1/8” in this showy image, rendered in black and colored pencil on a 12-field sheet, with paint color call-outs and Color Modell stamp. Disney, 1936.

#156 ANIMATION DRAWING of DONALD DUCK from MODERN INVENTIONS

As cocky as ever, Donald visits the Museum of Modern Marvels with the coin he has rigged up to bypass the need to insert actual money in the various machines he encounters, including this automated barber chair ready to give him the works. In his derby, one of several hats he wore to outwit an annoying robot butler, his 7 3/8”” image is rendered in black pencil on a 12-field sheet, and it’s so good it’s probably fattening. Disney, 1937.