We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney production cel on Courvoisier background from The Pointer (1939) featuring Mickey Mouse and Pluto.
This short, where Mickey tries to train Pluto to become a hunting dog, establishes the most classic version of Mickey Mouse. It was the first short to feature the new look that Mickey Mouse was given in the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment in Fantasia. Although Fred Moore (long considered the "Mickey expert") tried to do something new with Mickey in every short, The Pointer is where it all came together into a more modern Mickey. His now flesh-toned face and pupilled eyes have become standard for Mickey Mouse’s modern design.
For this short, Walt Disney was filmed recording Mickey's voice as reference for the animators. During the session, Disney held his hand out, palm down, on the line "I'm Mickey Mouse. You know, Mickey Mouse?" estimating how tall he thought Mickey was. The gesture was incorporated into the animation.
This beautiful animation film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) in 1940. SOLD.