Discovered Mickey Mouse Drawing Revealed at D23 Fanniversary Event

Disney’s D23 Fan Club released a previously unseen Mickey Mouse drawing from 1938.  The drawing by Ferdinand Horvath titled “Mickey’s Toothache,” depicts Mickey Mouse in a “nightmarish” dream sequence fleeing from his nemesis Pete.  The drawing will be part of D23’s second annual touring “Fanniversary” show – a 90 minute presentation of clips, photos, and art celebrating the many Disney anniversaries in 2013.  Continue reading for more details on the drawing and D23’s Fanniversary tour.

"Mickey's Toothache" drawing (1928)

"Mickey's Toothache" drawing (1928), image courtesy of Disney's D23 Fan Club © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The drawing, published yesterday on Yahoo! News, was discovered abandoned in a folder buried in the Walt Disney Archives.  Becky Cline, current Archives director, described it as being from a cartoon where Mickey Mouse visits the dentist and experiences an overdose of laughing gas causing him to experience a “nightmarish world inhabited by living teeth, dental floss, a psychotic dentist’s chair and a vengeful pair of dental pliers,” said Cline.

In March and April, D23 goes on the road with its second D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration.  The event, which played to crowds of enthusiastic fans across the U.S. last year, will commemorate dozens of magical milestones, each celebrating an anniversary in 2013.  Said The Hollywood Reporter of the 2012 event, “It’s a must for Disney fanatics and a fascinating look at Disney history.”  Adventures by Daddy correspondent George Gensler attended the 2012 event in New York City, and you can read her impressions of the event by clicking here.

D23 Fanniversary 2013 Event

Each Fanniversary show will be hosted by a Disney archivist and D23 Team member and will highlight the rich behind-the-scenes stories of these magical moments through rarely or never-before-seen film footage, concept art, photography, and exclusive interviews with many of your favorite Disney Legends and luminaries.

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.

Following each presentation, guests will have the opportunity to briefly mix and mingle with presenters and fellow Disney fans.  D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.

The touring schedule for D23’s Fanniversary is as follows:

  • March 1 – Los Angeles, The Walt Disney Studios
  • March 2 – San Diego, San Diego MOPA (sold out)
  • March 6 – Phoenix, The Orpheum Theatre
  • March 8 – Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort
  • March 10 – Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • March 21 – Washington DC, US Navy Memorial
  • March 23 – Newark, Newark Museum
  • March 24 – Boston, The Revere Hotel
  • April 5 – Seattle, Seattle Public Library
  • April 7 – San Francisco, Walt Disney Family Museum (sold out)

Tickets for Fanniversary are $21 for D23 members ($35 for the general public) and are on sale now at D23’s website –  For more family entertainment news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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