The Disney archives has released a recently discovered Mickey Mouse sketch, reported Yahoo News on Feb. 19. The sketch, part of an incomplete cartoon, will be unveiled at this spring’s D23's Disney Fanniversary events.
The Mickey Mouse sketch dates back to April 1938, before Mickey became a beloved corporate figure and an overall “nice guy.” Created by Ferdinand Horvath, the sketch represents the work on “Mickey’s Toothache,” a cartoon intended to make Mickey a more complete character.
Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives, describes “Mickey’s Toothache” to Yahoo News as a
“nightmarish world inhabited by living teeth, dental floss, a psychotic dentist’s chair and a vengeful pair of dental pliers.”
The cartoon would have featured Mickey being put on trial for tooth neglect, judged by a wisdom tooth, and an appearance by Pete.
Disney archives found the Mickey Mouse sketch a few months ago, 74 years after its creation.
From the description of “Mickey’s Toothache,” had the cartoon been released, it would have offered a darker, fantastical cartoon than those generally associated with later Disney – something more akin to Mickey’s “Thru the Mirror” (1936) and “Pluto’s Judgment Day” (1935).
D23's Disney Fanniversary Celebration unveils “Mickey’s Toothache” sketch
Thanks to D23, The Official Disney Fan club, Disney and animation fans will have the opportunity to see the sketch. “Mickey’s Toothache” is one of several unveilings planned for this year’s D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration events across the country.
D23's Disney Fanniversary events visit 10 different U.S. cities in 2013: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego (sold out), San Francisco (sold out), Seattle and Washington, D.C.
“Mickey’s Toothache” and other artwork will be part of a 90-minute presentation that marks various events in Disney history, each an anniversary for the company.
Hosted by a Disney archivist and D23 Team member, Disney Fanniversary events feature behind-the-scenes stories. They offer attendees the chance to experience rarely or never-before-seen film footage, concept art, photography, and exclusive interviews with Disney Legends and other personalities.
D23's Disney Fanniversary Celebration events, with tickets on sale now, will showcase the following:
D23 will lead guests on a journey through dozens of unforgettable Disney moments that have delighted generations of Disney fans, including beloved movies like “Peter Pan,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film; classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Chip ‘n’ Dale; favorite attractions and entertainment spectaculars at Disney parks such as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Horizons, and Mickey’s Toontown; the openings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland, the launch of The Disney Channel; the first voyage of Disney Cruise Line; and the momentous founding of The Walt Disney Company in, of course, 1923.
Tickets for Disney Fanniversary are $21 for D23 members, $35 for members of the general public.