Ebsen's Disney shirt


In TBM of 1936, Ebsen dances to Sing Before Breakfast wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt. In this film, he wears a shirt with Donald Duck on it. Is there a story behind that?

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Well spotted friend.

Jeanne, Gloria, Toby, Mitzi, Eleanor, Frances, Deborah - are adorable - I love them all.

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Ebsen worked with Disney throughout the 1930's helping them to animate dancing characters. He did this by dancing in front of a grid screen that the Disney artists would use to animate Micky Mouse (and presumably others) dancing. I guess this was a bit of cross-promotion and it's a wonder MGM allowed it as the Disney animated shorts were distributed by Columbia and UA.

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I don't know what the connection is, but there's another Donald Duck reference in the movie. When Judy Garland's mother catches her with the Clark Gable photograph, the mother says first it was Donald Duck, and now it's Clark Gable you're crazy about.

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