It would seem Disney had a penchant for initially giving some of his most beloved characters cringeworthy monikers. Imagine a world in which the Seven Dwarfs were Burpy, Tubby, Biggo Ego, Flabby, Chesty, Dirty and Baldy.
The Library of Congress exhibition "Cartoon America: Highlights from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature" features several animation cels from such Disney classics as "Fantasia," "Bambi" and "Dumbo," as well as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," one of Wood's favorite films. Other highlights include examples of widely recognized comic strips such as "Cathy," "The Family Circus" and "Peanuts."
The drawings in the exhibition represent the primary collecting interest of Wood, who was not only a connoisseur of popular graphic art but also was an award-winning cartoonist himself. His collection of some 36,000 original cartoon drawings is held in the Library's Prints and Photographs Division.
Also home to the Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, the Library holds some 2,085 drawings, prints and paintings related to the art of caricature, cartoon and illustration.