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    The Mad Doctor (United Artists, 1933). One Sheet (27" X 41"). The villains used in Walt Disney's cartoons were always considered some of the most frightening in the movies, so it really shouldn't surprise you that Disney's animators looked to Universal's monster films for a little inspiration in the creation of this cartoon. Poor old Pluto is kidnapped and taken to an old mansion (inspired by "The Old Dark House") where the mad doctor wants to use him for an experimental transplant. Mickey Mouse has to come to his rescue and soon finds himself in the same predicament as Pluto; strapped to the operating table like Frankenstein's Monster. The "sets" used in this cartoon look like they were designed by Frankenstein's lab creator Kenneth Strickfaden. This stunning one sheet attests to the craftsmanship that H.C. Miner lithos used for Disney's cartoons. And although the cartoon was in black and white (which made it even more like an old Universal horror film), this one sheet is positively bursting with color. The poster was released in January, 1933 and was one of the last one sheets that United Artists would issue for an individual cartoon. It has a few very tiny tears in the borders and some very minor separations beginning at the ends of the fold lines. Other than that, this poster is unbelievable and has to be physically seen in person to really be appreciated. This is one of the true classics in movie poster collecting that has a broad appeal to enthusiasts of animation, Disneyana, Americana and horror. When Butterfields had their famous Disney movie poster sale back in October, 2000, this one sheet was one of the three Mickey Mouse one sheets that were missing from the sale. As of today, we know of only one other copy of this poster in existence and the condition of that copy is reportedly far, far lesser. If you don't win this poster you may never see it come on to the market again. Seriously, could there be a better poster? Very Fine/ Near Mint.



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