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.
Buying or selling animation art? Look no further than Animation Sensations for the best, most professional animation gallery found anywhere in the world!
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Original Walt Disney Production Cel From Cinderella
Without a doubt, Cinderella is one of the most beloved Walt Disney films of all time, and one of the best animated American films. Cinderella is the quintessential Disney Princess story, with the ultimate fairy-tale ending. Released in 1950, Cinderella is the twelfth Disney animated film. It was the first full-length feature film since Bambi in 1942; World War II and extremely low box office returns led Disney to create short, inexpensive films throughout the 1940s. Similar to other Disney films, Cinderella was based off of a collection of folk and fairy tales. The original Cinderella stories - such as the brothers Grimm Aschenputtle , or "Ashfool,"- are quite dark and violent. Disney reworked the story in order to make it more appealing to a younger, and more family oriented, audience. Cinderella became an instant success for Disney following it’s releases, and helped reverse the studio’s luck and fortunes. This beautiful production cel featuring Cinderella is a fantastic piece of animation history, and would make an excellent addition to any animation collector. 23” x 19” framed. Call for value
Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Production Background from Lady and the Tramp
Released in 1955, Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp was the first full-length animated feature filmed in CinemaScope. The process allowed for a wide-screen format that was twice as wide than format used at the time. The wider format allowed the Disney animators to move characters across the background, instead of moving the background behind the characters. When the film was released, however, two versions were issued. Not all theaters were capable of showing the new CinemaScope technology, and Disney decided to create a second version of the film in the common format. When the movie was released in theaters, it took in a higher earning than any other Disney feature since Snow White. Today, Lady and the Tramp is regarded as a classic romantic film. This beautiful production cel on production background is a fantastic piece of film history. The production background is a great example of the new format used with Cinemascope. It features both Lady and the Tramp, and measures 28” x 18” framed. Call for value
Original Walt Disney Production Drawing featuring Snow White
Released in 1937, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is 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 was certainly taking 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 similar to that of one 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. This beautiful original production drawing of Snow White is truly one of a kind, and a piece of animation history! 12" x 10" unframed.$1,150 unframed
Original Walt Disney Production Cel On Courvoisier Background Featuring Snow White
In 1938, following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney paired with Guthrie Courvoisier to market the animation art used in Disney’s first film. Courvoisier, an established San Francisco art dealer, considered the finely-drawn Disney cels as works of art, and saw their strong potential in the art market. Twenty Disney artists from the Studio’s animation department were employed to paint mock backgrounds that were then paired with the original cels that were consigned to the Courvoisier Gallery. While some of the backgrounds were reminiscent of scenes from the movie, others – like this production cel featuring Snow White – mimicked wood grain. These backgrounds became known as Courvoisier Backgrounds. The art was sold at the Courvoisier Gallery; sales were so successful that the partnership was extended to include the next Disney film, Pinocchio. Although Disney continued to consign cels with Courvoisier following Pinocchio, the Gallery used their own background artists. The partnership ended in the late 1940s when interest in the art began to wane. Today, production cels paired with Courvoisier backgrounds are very rare, and very desirable amongst collectors This beautiful production cel on Courvoisier background featuring Snow White is beautifully framed, and would make an exceptional addition to any animation collection. 26” x 26” framed. $6,750 framed