Walt Disney & Warner Brothers Vintage Animation Art Gallery
Animation Sensations has been a world leading Animation Art Gallery since 1989. We specialize in buying and selling original vintage and contemporary animation art from Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera, Peanuts, Linda Jones Enterprises and other animation studios.
Our vast collection of original animation art includes production cels, production drawings, storyboards, layouts, original backgrounds, and limited edition cels featuring some of the most beloved characters ever brought to life by the world's best animators.
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Original Walt Disney Production Drawing from Beauty and the Beast
This fantastic production drawing is from Walt Disney’s 1991 animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast. The film is based on the the French fairy tale La Belle et la Bete written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756. Walt Disney first attempted to adapt the French fairy tale in the 1930s and 1950s, but it wasn’t until after the success of The Little Mermaid that the concept was successfully revisited. Nearly 600 animators, artists, and technicians worked on the animated feature. Animators used CAPS (Computer Animation Production System) to produce the film. The software allowed for animators to combine hand-drawn art with computer generated imagery. The technology is shown off in Belle and the Beast’s dance sequence in the ballroom; the characters dance through a computer-generated ballroom while the camera moves around them in a simulated 3D space. Disney Studios was initially resistant to computer animation, but the success the ballroom scene convinced executives to invest further in computer animation. Beauty and the Beast received critical acclaim when it was released in theaters; the film was nominated for Best Picture, and was awarded Best Original Song at the 64th Academy Awards. This dramatic production drawing features both the Beast and Gaston, and is truly a part of Disney history. It measures 17" x 12 1/2" unframed, and is one of kind. $500 unframed
Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Released in 1937, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length cel animated feature film. Production for the film, which was based off of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, began in 1934. Disney certainly took a gamble with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; many critics, including his wife, warned him that adult audiences would not want to watch a cartoon-fantasy film. Animation was widely dismissed as children’s entertainment. Disney originally budgeted for the film between $150,000 and $250,000 – a cost almost ten times that of his short films featuring Mickey Mouse of the time. The final cost, however, reached upwards of $1.5 million – causing Disney to mortgage his house, and earning the film the nickname “Disney’s Folly” amongst critics. At the debut on December 21, 1937, however, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs received a standing ovation. When the film was released to the public in February 1938, it quickly grossed $8 million – a record for the time. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the model for Disney’s signature princess film format, which was used in films like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid. This rare production cel - which features Snow White, the Prince, and all seven dwarfs- is an amazing piece of animation history. The cels were trimmed and applied to a Courvoisier background by Disney Studios; Snow White measures 8” tall on the hose, and the dwarfs measure 5” tall. This is a beautiful piece, and would make an excellent addition to any animation collection. 21” x 18” framed. $15,000 framed
Original Walt Disney Production Drawing From Steamboat Willie
Walt Disney’s 1928 short Steamboat Willie is widely recognized as a landmark in animation history; the short revolutionized animation technology, as well as launched Disney’s empire. The cartoon is also considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie. Although both Mickey and Minnie appeared several months earlier in the short Plane Crazy, Steamboat Willie was the first film to be distributed. November 18, 1928 - the day that Steamboat Willie opened in New York City - is now known as Mickey Mouse’s birthday. The cartoon, which ran only eight minutes long, revolutionized animation because it was the first cartoon with synchronized sound, or sound that was paired to moving images. The music in the final soundtrack was performed by the Green Brothers Novelty Band; a filmed bouncing ball helped the musicians keep tempo. The technology rendered silent animation obsolete. Prior to Steamboat Willie, Disney’s cartoons were nearly indistinguishable from his competitors; the “sound cartoon” set the businessman and filmmaker apart, and helped grow his expansive industry to what it is today. The response to Steamboat Willie was so positive that Disney reproduced Plane Crazy as a sound cartoon, and also released it in theaters. Disney's first full lenght feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, followed less than ten years later. This fantastic production drawing is a piece of animation history, and would make an outstanding addition to any animation collection. 19" x 17" framed. SOLD
Original Walt Disney Production Cel Featuring Jessica Rabbit
This original Walt Disney production cel features the iconic Jessica Rabbit, and is from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The film, which was based on the 1981 Gary Wolf book Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, combined live action and animation. Set in the 1940s, the film creates a world in which cartoon characters and humans interact. When the famous ’toon actor Roger Rabbit is framed for murder, Bob Hoskins as detective Eddie Valiant is hired to investigate; what follows is a wonderfully comedic and animated interpretation of the detective films made popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Roger Rabbit pays tribute to "The Golden Age of Animation"; well-known Disney and Warner Brothers characters make appearances throughout the film. Roger Rabbit himself has physical elements of both Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse; his sultry wife, Jessica Rabbit, was inspired by Tex Avery’s Red Hot. Believing that the film was too risqué with sexual innuendos, it was decided by the Walt Disney Company to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner, instead of the traditional Walt Disney banner. The 1988 release of the film was met with instant success; critics applauded the film for the seamless blending of toon and human acting. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is the first animated/live action film to win multiple Academy Awards; the film is also credited with leading the Disney Renaissance, which thrived during the late 1980s through the 1990s. This original production cel on a color copy background measures 20” x 15” framed, and would make a fantastic addition to any animation collection. $1,500 framed.