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Milt Kahl

1909-1987

The extraordinary draftsmanship of Milt Kahl was recognized early in his Disney career. Fellow animator and Disney Legend Ollie Johnston recalled during the making of "Pinocchio" how a senior animator at the time responded to Milt's drawings. Ollie said, "One morning Freddie Moore burst into my room saying, 'Hey, you ought to see the drawings [of Pinocchio] this guy Milt Kahl is doing.'" Walt Disney recognized Milt's talent, as well, and named him supervising animator over the artists, who brought Pinocchio to life.
 
Years later, when "The Sword in the Stone" director Woolie Reitherman saw Milt's first rough drawings of Merlin the magician and Madame Medusa, he reportedly turned to Milt and said, "These things look so beautiful, they could hang in a museum" to which, Milt responded with a characteristic "Aw...You're full of it!"
 
Because Milt was so good at his craft, he was often assigned the toughest of Disney tasks: animating human characters, such as Peter Pan, Alice of "Alice in Wonderland" and the Prince in "Sleeping Beauty." He was just as adept at animating animal characters, as well, including Bambi, the snooty Llama in "Saludos Amigos," and Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear in "Song of the South."
 
Milt was born in San Francisco in 1909, where he attended school in the city. He cut his high school education short, however, to pursue his dream of becoming a magazine illustrator or cartoonist. While studying art with local artists and schools, he worked retouching photos and pasting up layouts at the now defunct "Oakland Post-Enquirer," followed by the "San Francisco Bulletin." Milt then started his own commercial art business, which limped along after the Great Depression hit. During this time, he saw the Disney short "Three Little Pigs" at a local theater and became mesmerized by the possibilities of this exciting young art form called "animation."
 
In June 1934, Milt applied to The Walt Disney Studios and was hired to work as an assistant animator on such shorts as "Mickey's Circus," "Lonesome Ghosts" and "The Ugly Duckling," which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short. Over the years, Milt contributed to such Disney features as "Melody Time," "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," "Cinderella," "Lady and the Tramp," "101 Dalmatians," "The Jungle Book," and "The Rescuers," among others.
 
After nearly 40 years with Disney, Milt retired from the Studio, in 1976, and returned to his native California Bay Area to pursue other interests, including sculpting delicate wire into human figures, such as dancing ballerinas.
 
Milt Kahl died on April 19, 1987.

 
#D54 - Lady And The Tramp 'Tramp', (1955).

#D54 - Lady And The Tramp 'Tramp', (1955).

Price: $950

#D54 - Walt Disney Studio, Lady And The Tramp Original Animation Drawing, 1955. The rough animation drawings of Tramp was created by a Disney animator in production of the animated feature. Drawn in black graphite on an untrimmed animation sheet, the image measures an incredible 7.50' X 7.50'. The second image measures 6.25 X 5.00. The animator wrote the number '127' at the bottom to indicate this drawing's place in the scene. In excellent condition showing only moderate handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE. certificate of authenticity is included. Due to the size of the images my scanner would not print all of the drawing.

#D12 - Robin Hood - 'Sir Hiss', (1973).

#D12 - Robin Hood - 'Sir Hiss', (1973).

Price: $850

#D12 - Walt Disney - Sir Hiss, 1973. The Sir Hiss from Robin Hood animation drawing is rendered in graphite and blue pencil with animator notes on upper right side. The drawing image size measures 2.75' X 4.75' on a full 15.50' X 12.50' sheet bearing the number #27.

#D43 - Ferdinand The Bull, 'The Five Men' (1938).

#D43 - Ferdinand The Bull, 'The Five Men' (1938).

Price: $635

#D43 - Walt Disney Studio - Ferdinand The Bull, 1938. This lively rough animation drawing of the Five Men in Funny Hats who came to the country to select a fierce bull for the bullfight in Madrid was created by a Disney animator in development of a scene in the animated feature. Drawn in blue pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 4 3/4' x 3 7/8'. The animator wrote the number 'C-19' at the bottom to indicate this drawing's place in the scene. In very nice condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself and minor creasing at edge away from the image: VERY FINE. Howard Lowery Galleries certificate of authenticity is included.

#D59 - Two Gun Mickey, 'Mickey Mouse' (1934).

#D59 - Two Gun Mickey, 'Mickey Mouse' (1934).

Price: $800

#D59 - Walt Disney Studio, Two Gun Mickey, released in December of 1934. It is a final animation drawing created by a Disney animator in production of the animated feature, and a cel was made directly from it. Rendered in black graphite on an untrimmed animation sheet 9.50' x 11.50' inches - two punch holes. The art image of Mickey and smoke measures 3.25' X 8.00'. The animator wrote the number '53' at bottom right to indicate this drawing's place in the scene. Minnie rides into town and takes a large sack of money out of the bank. Pegleg Pete gathers his gang to take it from her, and they chase her out of town. Lonesome cowboy Mickey, who met Minnie earlier and was told she could take care of herself, sees this chase unfolding from his high perch, and rides down to save the day.

#D38 - Cock O' The Walk, 'Prunella Pullet' (1935).

#D38 - Cock O' The Walk, 'Prunella Pullet' (1935).

Price: $200

#D38 - Walt Disney Studio - 'Cock O' The Walk', 1935. This publicity study drawing of City Slicker (Cock o' the Walk), Prunella Pullet and various hens was created by a Disney artist in development of a publicity scene released in conjunction with the animated Silly Symphony cartoon. Drawn in pencil on an animation sheet, the art measures 8 1/2' x 8 1/4'. Most of the figures are lightky drawn in whereas the hen at upper left is more fully rendered. In excellent condition: VERY FINE. Howard Lowery certificate of authenticity.

#D60 - Mickey's Mellerdrammer, 'Mickey Mouse' (1933).

#D60 - Mickey's Mellerdrammer, 'Mickey Mouse' (1933).

Price: $500

#D60 - Walt Disney Studio - 'Mickey's Mellerdrammer', 1933. This Disney animation drawing of Mickey ala Al Jolson, was created by a Disney animator in development of a scene in the animated cartoon. Drawn in graphite pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet (9.50' X 11.50'), the art measures 3.00' X 5.00. The animator wrote the number '360' at the bottom right to indicate place in the scene, rendered on a 2 peg hole sheet also includes Pencil Markings. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself: Purchased from The PGC MintVERY FINE. The gang stages 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' with Mickey and Minnie dressing up as black slaves. Mickey has cotton around his ears, and black characters sing 'I Wish I Were In Dixie' in the background on stage. The crowd receives Horace's villainous performance as Simon Legree too seriously, bombing him off the stage with vegetables. Clarabelle's dramatic performance as a fleeing slave is also ruined, when dogs that are supposed to be chasing her are led astray and through the orchestra pit by a cat. Ultimately, the 'assbestos' curtain comes down on the whole menagerie.

#D34 - Cock O'The Walk, 'Busby Berkley dance' (1935).

#D34 - Cock O'The Walk, 'Busby Berkley dance' (1935).

Price: $580

#D34 - Walt Disney Studio - 'Cock O'The Walk', 1935. This Silly Symphony animation art drawing is rendered in graphite pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet. When a prize fighting rooster comes to town, a celebration is held, complete with elaborate parodies of Busby Berkley dance routines. When the cock sweeps a young hen off her feet, however, he is challenged to a fight by her jealous suitor.

#D40 - Snow White - 'Woodland Animals' Storyboard, (1936 - 37).

#D40 - Snow White - 'Woodland Animals' Storyboard, (1936 - 37).

Price: $975

#D40 - Walt Disney Studio - Woodland Animals; SNOW WHITE Storyboard, 1936 - 37. This rough Atmosphere drawing of racoons and owl by a pond was drawn in graphite and red pencil. The sketch measuring 6 X 4 1/2' was drawn on 12 field 5-peg hole paper.

#D29 - Donald Duck Coloring Book, (c.1960s).

#D29 - Donald Duck Coloring Book, (c.1960s).

Price: $670

#D29 - Walt Disney Studio, Donald Duck Coloring Book, c.1960s. This handsome original design drawing, rendered in red and black pencil on an animation sheet, was created by a Disney artist in development of the cover illustration for a coloring book featuring Donald Duck and friends in the 1950s or 1960s. The drawing measures 9 1/4' x 6 5/8' on an animation sheet measuring 12 1/2' x 15 1/2'. COA provided by Howard Lowery Gallery.

#D30 - Walt Disney Studio, Mickey Mouse And Friends, c.1960s.

#D30 - Walt Disney Studio, Mickey Mouse And Friends, c.1960s.

Price: $755

#D30 - Walt Disney Studio, Mickey Mouse And Friends, c.1960s. This original design sketch, drawn in pencil on paper, was created by a Disney artist in development of an illustration for a book featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and other cartoon characters in the 1950s or 1960s. The drawing measures 5 7/8' x 8 3/4' on a 12' x 10' sheet. COA provided.

#D21 - The Fox And The Hound, 'Big Mama' (1981).

#D21 - The Fox And The Hound, 'Big Mama' (1981).

Price: $380

#D21 - Walt Disney Studio, The Fox And The Hound, 1981. This handsome rough animation drawing of Big Mama, the owl who befriends the young Tod, was created by a Disney animator in development of a scene in the animated feature. Drawn in blue pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 8.25' X 5.25'. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE.

#D15 - Cinderella, 'King Hubert' (1950).

#D15 - Cinderella, 'King Hubert' (1950).

Price: $375

#D15 - Walt Disney 'King Hubert',1950. The production drawing from 'Cinderella' is rendered in graphite and red pencil. The full sheet 16 field Disney image measures 6.00' X 7.50', bearing the number K44. Small tear on left corner of sheet would not effect framing.

#D28 - Donald Duck Coloring Book, (c.1960s).

#D28 - Donald Duck Coloring Book, (c.1960s).

Price: $900

#D28 - Walt Disney Studio, Donald Duck Coloring Book, c.1960s. This handsome full-color original design drawing, rendered in pencil and cont crayon on translucent paper, was created by a Disney artist in development of the cover illustration for a coloring book featuring Donald Duck and friends in the 1950s or 1960s. The drawing measures 11' x 8 1/4' on a sheet measuring 11 1/2' x 8 1/2'. COA provided by Howard Lowery Gallery.

#D61 - How to Ride a Horse, 'Horse: The Friend of Man' (1941).

#D61 - How to Ride a Horse, 'Horse: The Friend of Man' (1941).

Price: $550

#D61 - Walt Disney Studio - 'How to Ride a Horse', Originally Released on June 20, 1941. This is a Disney drawing of the 'Horse: The Friend of Man' that appeared in the 'Reluctant Dragon' sequences. Drawn in graphite and red pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 5.00' x 4.50' on a 5-hole untrimmed production sheet (10.00' X 12.00'). Animator notes appear along the bottom of the horse - 'TIC #239'. The animator also wrote 'Complete Horse' and the number 'H-249' at the bottom to indicate this drawing's place in the scene. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE. Five short animated stories wrapped around a tour of the Walt Disney Studios. Includes 'Casey, Jr.', 'Old MacDonald Duck', 'Baby Weems', 'How to Ride a Horse' and 'The Reluctant Dragon'.

 

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#D52 - Walt Disney Studio - 'Melody Time', 1948. This animation concept drawing of Pecos Bill, Widowmaker and Slue Foot Sue. Drawn in graphite pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet (12.50' X 15.50'), the art measures 6.25' X 6.00. The animator Ward Kimball hand signed the drawing 'From Pecos Bill-Ward Kimball', rendered on 5 peg hole sheet. In excellent condition: VERY FINE. A seven-section anthology film: Some are based on American fairy tales and legends, such as the stories of Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill (narrated by Roy Rogers). Other episodes consist of a fanciful mix of popular and classical music, and animation in the style of FANTASIA. Includes Donald Duck in 'Blame It on the Samba'. A colorful film from Disney's golden age of animation. The Gold Collection Edition includes the Disney shorts 'Casey Bats Again' and 'Lambert the Sheepish Lion'. SOLD

#D52 - 'Melody Time', Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue (1948). (Hand Signed 'Ward Kimball')

 

#D56 - Walt Disney Studio, Lady Aand The Tramp, 'Trusty' (1955). (Drawn by 'Milt Kahl').

#D56 - Walt Disney Studio, LADY AND THE TRAMP ORIGINAL ANIMATION DRAWING, 1955 by 'Milt Kahl'. The rough Disney animation drawing of Trusty was created by animator 'Milt Kahl', who was also Disney's leading draughtsman. Those that had the chance to get to know Milt were amazed because his standards were so high, it frightened everybody else at the studio. Drawn in black graphite on an untrimmed animation sheet 12.50 X 15.50, the image measures 10.00' X 9.00'. The animator wrote the number '64' at the bottom and top right to indicate this drawing's place in the scene. In good condition showing slight crease at Brutus' shoulder, bends at two corners and two inch water stain at very top away from image: Certificate of Authenticity is included. Due to the size of the image my scanner would not print all of the drawing.

SOLD

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