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Image of Happy



ca. 1937
5 1/8 x 4 7/16 in. (13 x 11.3 cm)

Walt Disney
American (Chicago, IL, 1901 - 1966, Burbank, CA)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Paint on celluloid
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Anne Cassebeer
Accession Number: 1944.18
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Location: Not currently on view

Anne Cassebeer may have been MAG’s youngest donor of art. Nineteen years old when she donated Happy, she was a student at Pembroke College and the daughter of artist and architect Walter Cassebeer, a member of MAG’s board.

We wish we could tell you the story of how Anne came to own a production cel depicting Happy, one of the Seven Dwarfs but, as often happens, the circumstances were not recorded at the time she made the gift. A good deal more is known about the Walt Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released in 1937. It was the first full-length animated feature film with an official soundtrack. MAG’s Happy was one of 1,500,000 drawings and watercolors that were photographed to create Snow White.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Walt Disney Studios; Miss Anne Cassebeer; given to the Gallery in 1944

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