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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Prod. MM8 - The Plow Boy

Remember that I spoke of a box of early Disney goodies in Kentucky, sold off at Christie's East? Here is one of the items sold at the time, the storyboard of the 1929 short The Plow Boy, drawn by Ub Iwerks, the director. I scanned these from Christie's June 9th, 1995 catalog. In lieu of a draft, this has animator assignments on it.

The catalog front page is in color, so I reconstructed it here:
From Christie's front page<< Click On It!

Here are all the pages:

The early Mickeys were made in close cooperation between Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Ub drew the boards, but Walt was never far away. Some of the names may not be in Walt's handwriting, as noted in the description. Read this, though, as it saves me from typing a lengthy, redundant explanation. (Click to enlarge!)

I believe I was told this board fetched a neat $42,000...

(Note: IMDb calls the film The Plowboy, but some contemporary documents I have call it The Plow Boy, and even The Plough Boy!)

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Anonymous Michael Sporn says...

Thanks for posting this, Hans. This is my favorite material to view - the old storyboard pages which were usually done for silent cartoons. It's interesting how little attention is given to dialogue on this board, even thought this is so obviously musical in its planning. I'll have to check out the film again and compare.

Monday, September 29, 2008 at 5:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous ramapith says...

Hey Hans,

PLOW BOY (two words) seems to have been the draft title, thus the source of the spelling as given in the official Disney filmographies. But the release print of the cartoon with original titles has it as one word, PLOWBOY.

A more serious example of such a mistake is with FIDDLIN' AROUND. This was JUST MICKEY at the draft stage, and official filmographies seem to have picked the title up from there, the idea being that it was copyrighted as FIDDLIN' AROUND but that that title was then not used until the 1940s rerelease print was made.
But it was quite obviously released as FIDDLIN' AROUND in 1930 too, as indicated by numerous Columbia documents, the surviving poster art and even period theatre listings.
When fake original titles called the cartoon JUST MICKEY on DVD, this was actually the first time that title had really been used!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 10:07:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Whit says...

Ub's storyboard drawings are exceptionally sharp. They're practically keys.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 5:35:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous John V. says...

The description is probably in error when it says "Jack" refers to Jack King, who wouldn't have been at the studio yet. Probably means Wilfred Jackson.

Monday, August 9, 2010 at 4:07:00 PM PDT  

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