Queen of Hearts
MEDIUM: Original Production Drawing
IMAGE SIZE: 15.5" x 12.5"
PRODUCTION: Alice in Wonderland
FRAMING: Deluxe Framing Included
ABOUT THE IMAGE: This original final animation drawing of the Queen of Hearts teeing up her flamingo croquet mallet was created by Disney animator Frank Thomas and his assistant in production of the animated feature based on the stories of Lewis Carroll. It is an animator's extreme with circled number at lower right. The scene was edited or shortened during production, for this particular images does not appear in the film. The Studio's script draft notes that six (6) scenes were edited from the film following that of the Queen preparing for her first swing.
Frank Thomas, one of Walt Disney's master animators known as his Nine Old Men, supervised the animation of these scenes, and the red pencil under-drawing is his work. One of Walt Disney's most gifted animators, Mr. Thomas joined the Disney Studios in 1934, received animator credit on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and by the making of Pinocchio (1940) was a supervising animator. He continued in that role throughout his 43-year career, and his contribution to Disney animation cannot be overstated. He and fellow animator Ollie Johnston authored four superb books on Disney animated filmmaking, beginning with Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (first published in 1981).
A handwritten note to "Dick"—likely an assistant animator—reads "Fin Flam Tween 85-191" and refers to his work on the flamingo. The animator wrote the circled number "89" at lower right to indicate this original's place in the scene.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Original Production Drawings are one-of-a-kind pieces of art that were used in the creation of an animated film or television show. Each has been hand-drawn by a studio artist.