Disney Animated Art Including Pre-Production Drawings by William Weaver Fetch $8,150

Snow White Pencil Sketches

Snow White Pencil Sketches

A large estate lot of original animation and comic art, from the collection (and hand) of animation artist, William Weaver recently sold in an online auction for $8,150.

Between the 1940’s to 1960’s Bill Weaver worked for several production companies producing animated cartoons and comic strips. His career concluded at Walt Disney Productions.

The auction included a copy of a letter of condolences from Frank Reilly at Disney Productions to Weavers’ widow.   It was dated May 17, 1967 and references his work with the studio. The letter concludes:  “Several times I’ve thought of the interesting coincidence of Bill passing away so soon after Walt himself.  It is very possible that Walt was assigned a special project Up There, and needed a special helper, someone like Bill.”

The drawings were acquired from Mr. Weaver’s widow in the 1970’s and stored away for posterity. Some of the art work includes studio notations and corrections sent to Weaver and a few are signed by him. Other pieces were traded from artists at the studio, which was common for many animators at the time.

The collection consists of a variety of subjects, including some superb, large pre-production layouts, artwork, model sheets (from the late 1930‘s and onward), animation sequence drawings, including a series of 37 of Jiminy Cricket numbered 201-237 and work on Walt Disney’s Merry Menagerie. Other characters include Snow White, Minnie Mouse, Geppetto, Donald Duck, Scamp, rabbits, water nymphs, and fairies dating mostly from the 1940’s-1960’s.

Snow White and Donald Duck Pencil Sketches

Snow White and Donald Duck Pencil Sketches

Scamp Comic and Mother Goose Theatre Pencil Sketches

Scamp Comic and Mother Goose Theatre Pencil Sketches

Elf Sketch and Sketch titled "HOT FOOTLIGHTS"

Elf Sketch and Sketch titled "HOT FOOTLIGHTS"

Snow White Model Sheet and Nymph

Snow White Model Sheet and Nymph

Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse Model Sheets

Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse Model Sheets

Jiminy Cricket Sketches

Jiminy Cricket Sketches

More Jiminy and Ducks

More Jiminy and Ducks

Geppetto, Donald Duck with Nephews and The Big Bad Wolf with Pigs

Geppetto, Donald Duck with Nephews and The Big Bad Wolf with Pigs

Merry Menagerie

Merry Menagerie

Snow White Pencil Sketch

Snow White Pencil Sketch

Comic Strip titled "Scamp & Human"

Comic Strip titled "Scamp & Human"

Do you miss this hand drawn artwork or do you appreciate the new digital animation?

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