Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rare Mickey

Last June, I posted about Michael Sragow's biography, Victor Fleming: American Movie Master. One of the films that Fleming directed was Around the World in 80 Minutes (1931), a documentary starring Douglas Fairbanks. The reason for my post was that the film contained original Disney animation of Mickey Mouse. I was not aware of this and a quick scan of the animation history books on my shelf didn't lead to any information.

Over at Didier Ghez's Disney History site, JB Kaufman was able to provide some information, as he had screened the film at the Library of Congress.

I recently learned that the film is now on DVD from Grapevine Video. I purchased a copy, and below you'll see some extremely rare Mickey animation. I have no idea who animated it, though I might guess Dick Lundy. Enjoy.

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12 comments:

Michael Sporn said...

Brilliant and hilarious. Thanks for posting it.

Dr Bitz said...

He was sooooo cute in that. Long before he was a logo.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Les Clark possibly... great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Les Clark possibly....

Mark Sonntag said...

Cool, especially in light of the fact that Douglas Fairbanks was one of the models for Mickey, particularly Gallopin Gaucho.

Zartok-35 said...

Thats quite bizzare.

Francis Lemelin said...

Wow, that's quite a find! And I love the dance. Thanks.

CMB said...

Wow, very rare indeed! Great find, very nice animation!

Rusty said...

Very trippy for a Disney cartoon.

Yowp said...

Nice fluid animation.

My favourite part, though, is how the harsh lighting casts a shadow that completely covers Fairbanks' co-star.

Yowp

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Well That was the great movie showing original Disney animation of Mickey Mouse directed by Fleming.

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This was not only great movie but has Good cast also. I liked this movie very much