9/5/14- The Vault #1

1937 Walt Disney Studio Original Grumpy Animation Drawing

1937 Walt Disney Studio animation drawing from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. This red, blue and black pencil on animation sheet is a final animation drawing of Grumpy. Animated as always, this particular piece is from a scene in the Dwarf’s bedroom supervised by Freddie Moore.

Voiced by Pinto Colvig in the original 1937 classic, initially disapproves of Snow White's presence in the dwarfs' home, yet – in the end - ultimately warns her of the threat posed by the Queen and leads the charge to save her himself.

Grumpy is arguably the strongest personality, and the most popular to this day. Some of Walt’s earliest notes during character development outlined him as a “grouch” and a “hold out.” There even seems to be a reference to Grumpy – or an early rendition of the character – in the 1932 Silly Symphony “Santa’s Workshop” short. One of Santa’s gnomes objects to a boy’s holiday wishes as Santa checks the good list. “But Billy Brown, for seven years, hasn’t washed behind his ears!” Ironically, the Pinto Colvig also voiced the gnome character.

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