Plane Crazy Script
Now - I honestly do not think it is worth the $1.1 million that the good folks from New York were asking for it, or even the half a million that it was offered to the Walt Disney Family Museum for.
I'd say - probably about half that amount. On the other hand, as we used to say back in Holland "It's worth what the fool will pay for it..."
[Certainly not the 2001 estimate (see below) of between $3.2 and $3.7 million!]
Nevertheless, it IS an amazing artifact. One of the things that intrigues me is that on the sixth sheet you can see a Mickey on the back of the page. Here is it, reversed to give the impression of how it would look on the verso of the page:
|...or, cleaned up a bit:|
[I found two more pages telling about these pages: Mark Sonntag wrote about them two years ago, and notes specifically that they came from Burt Gillett's papers - so they DID turn up from the Kentucky "cache!" Mark also mentions they were sold from Mort Walker's Museum of Cartoon Art. «"The piece was originally donated for fund-raising purposes, and that's why it was placed as collateral against the mortgage," said museum operations director Jeanne Greever.» Guernsey's Auctions seem to have had technical problems selling it on May 19th, 2001.
There is another page with scans of the papers here![defunct]
Mark comments that the board could leave the studio because Steamboat Willie was considered the breakthrough - and, of course it was. But these most likely disappeared from the studio in or before 1934, when Gillett was headhunted by Van Beuren (read the story here), so only some six years later, and thus I suspect this was not a huge decision - just a "here, Burt, take care of these--oh, we'll keep Willie as a memento..." Anyway, it is fun to conjecture about this. Remember, little Jeannie received a box FULL of this quality stuff, at the time considered worthless, but sold for millions in the mid 90's!]
The Rescuers draft is up next...
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