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Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author
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Mickey’s celebrity and Disney’s promotional skills made the mouse into a popular behemoth that seemed poised to overshadow not only any other cartoon character of the era, but the craft and industry as a whole. 

This pencil sketch from Mickey's Man Friday (1935) is a good example Disney's performance of its global reach, as Walt's minstrel avatar battles cannibals in a colonial adventure.

(Mickey Image Courtesy of

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