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 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
Original Walt Disney Production Cels on Master Production Background from Peter Pan
This incredibly rare production cel set up on master production background is from Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1953), and features both Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. The cel of Peter appears at the beginning of the movie, in the Darling children's bedroom; in the scene, Peter scratches his head because he can't figure out girls-- like Wendy. The background appears later in the movie, with the darling children marching through the Lost Boys hideout. On Peter's knee is the cel of Tinkerbell. The Disney Art Props Department-- the studio department in charge of putting together these cel setups after completion of a film-- has enhanced the scene for presentation by painting pixie dust over Peter, Tink, and the background. Tinker Bell's wings have been likewise added by hand by a Disney Art Props Department artist. The cels of Peter and Tink have been trimmed to the outline of the figures as was customary when the Disney Studio prepared these cel setups for display. The cel is in the original Disney Studio mat, which has the original Walt Disney stamp of authenticity. This is an amazing piece of animation history, and would make a great addition to any collection! 22" x 20" framed. SOLD
Original Hanna Barbera Limited Edition Cel, Swing Set
The Flintstones is one of the most popular animated television shows of all time. The series, produced by Hanna Barbera, aired on ABC between 1960 and 1966, and has since had several movies and spinoffs. Set in the Stone Age, The Flintstones was about Fred Flintstone and his wife, as well as their best friends and neighbors, the Rubbles. The series regularly addressed modern day themes and concerns in its prehistoric setting; the characters used technology powered by animals, and drove cars powered by their own feet. The Flintstones, which aired during prime-time, often followed the comedic writing styles of other popular sitcoms; Hanna and Barbera wanted the animated show to appeal to both children and their parents. The show’s story line often revolved around typical family themes, and all issues were resolved with a laugh at the end by the episode. This original Hanna Barbera limited edition cel, titled Swing Set, features two of the shows youngest characters, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. The children of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm were best friends who later married. The limited edition is signed by both Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, and is numbered 84/300. A great addition to any animation collection! $400 framed