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Who’s Who in The Autograph Hound

The Autograph Hound

Jeff Pepper of 2719 Hyperion offers up a well annotated who’s who of celebrity caricatures in the Disney short The Autograph Hound (1939).

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for linking to one of the very best of the Disney animation blogs out there!! Jeff’s work is nothing short of spectacular, as his knowledge and passion for all things Disney and animation comes through in each of his well-constructed posts. Bookmark the site and visit daily, as it is a true gem in the blogosphere. Bravo!!!

  • I know Joe Grant was hired in 1931 to design caricatures for “Mickey’s Gala Premiere”. Does anyone know if Joe oversaw the designs on this short as well? He was at the studio at the time.

  • oh wow that’s awesome!

    it’s always fun when you know who these caricatures are actually of! usually the ones of band leaders and the like are lost on me.

    for what it’s worth i just did a rambling post about jerry colonna. one of those people who i always saw caricatured in all manner of different ways but didn’t know who he was until more recently.

  • as one who is a caricaturist (plus one who collects toons with Hollywood Caricatures aplenty)…this is truuuuuuuuly a grand treat!! (There were still 2 or 3 that i could never figure out…thank YOO!)

  • Rusty door

    Floyd Bishop these caricatures are probably by T. Hee. I say that because most of these are similar to his work in “Mother Goose goes Hollywood” (1938). In fact Hugh Herbert and the Marx Bros. look nearly identical to how they appeared in that cartoon.

  • Jack

    T. Hee was known for his caricatures at Disney, as Ben Shenkman was at Warners and later MGM.

  • Chuck R.

    Great treatment of a great subject, Jeff!
    Disney and WB did lots of these celebrity cartoons, and the subject probably deserves a book of it’s own.

    Joe Grant was hired by Walt in 1933 to do caricatures for “Mickey’s Gala Premiere”. T. Hee did caricatures for Warner Bros, notably Friz Freleng’s “Coo-Coo Nut Grove” (1936), and then was hired away by Grant to work on “Mother Goose Goes Hollywood” (1938). Of course, both Hee and Grant’s careers took them way beyond caricature design.

    There’s some great stuff on the subject on both the Disney Treaures DVD’s and the LT Golden Collection. Also check out John Canemaker’s “Paper Dreams”, Frank and Ollie’s “Illusion of Life”, and the Smithsonian book “Celebrity Caricature in America” by Wendy Wick Reaves.

  • I’ve posted a number of caricatures from different cartoons over at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger…

    Here’s the link.

  • cindarfella

    I am interested in knowing if anyone knows anything about Joseph Grant’s extracurricular work that he did as hobby and if there is a market for it somewhere that could be accessed somehow.