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 Cel on Courvoisier Background From Pinocchio Featuring Jiminy Cricket
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 that the finely-drawn Disney cels were 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 paired with the original cels that were consigned to Courvoisier. While there are thousands of cels used in the production of a film, there are only a very small number of production backgrounds. Because there weren’t enough backgrounds that could be paired with the cels, the artists painted backgrounds that were reminiscent of the scenes in which the cels were used; these backgrounds are known as Courvoisier Backgrounds. The art was sold at Courvoisier’s gallery; sales were so successful that the partnership was extended to include other Disney films. As they did for Snow White, Disney artists created backgrounds for Pinocchio cels; following Pinocchio, however, Courvoisier began to employ his own artists. By the mid-1940s, interest in the art began to wane, and the program came to an end. Today, production cels from Disney’s first films paired with Courvoisier backgrounds are very rare, and desirable amongst collectors. This Original Walt Disney production cel on Courvoisier Background is from Pinocchio, and features Jiminy Cricket. This piece is especially of interest because Jiminy is dressed in rags – he only appears in rags for only a few moments in the opening scenes of the film. It measures 15" x 14" framed, and Jiminy Cricket is approximately 2" tall. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to own a piece of animation history! SOLD
Original Walt Disney Production Cel From The Little Mermaid
This original Walt Disney production cel features Ariel and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid. Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid is roughly based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale from 1873. Walt Disney had originally begun to develop an animated adaptation of The Little Mermaid in the late 1930s; however, the project was put on hold when other planned films took precedence. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s that The Little Mermaid storyline was revived under writer, director, and producer Ron Clements. The story was revised with a musical-style story structure, with song sequences as main plot points; Little Mermaid later won Best Song for "Under the Sea" and Best Score during the 1990 Academy Awards. The Little Mermaid was the last Disney film to use traditional hand-painted cels for animation; the next Disney film, Rescuers Down Under, used a computer animation program created by Pixar for Disney. During production, live actors were filmed for motion reference material for the animators – a practice frequently used under Walt Disney’s supervision. The Little Mermaid also revived Walt Disney Studio’s animated classic fairytale tradition, and introduced the first Disney princess since Briar Rose (Princess Aurora) from Sleeping Beauty three decades earlier. The success of The Little Mermaid is credited with the start of the Disney Renaissance, a period of success for Disney from the 1990s to the early 2000s that included films like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas. Following its successful first box-office run in 1989, The Little Mermaid was rereleased in 1997 and most recently in 2013. This wonderful production cel features Ariel and the beloved Sebastian, and is 19" x 14" framed. It is truly a-one-of-a kind piece of animation history. $2,500 framed
Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background from Fantasia Featuring Mickey Mouse
This stunning production cel on Courvoisier background is from Disney’s third full-length feature film, Fantasia. Although it is considered a Walt Disney classic today, Fantasia received mixed reviews when it was released in 1940. In the late 1930s, Walt Disney believed that Mickey Mouse had dropped in popularity and needed a boost. Disney decided to feature Mickey in a cartoon short based off of the poem written by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe, and set to classical music; the short was titled The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Unlike the Silly Symphonies cartoon series that set slap-stick comedy against classical music, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice had action controlled by a musical pattern. Soon after production began on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, however, Disney realized that production costs were too high for the short to be successful on its own. It was decided that the short would become part of a full-length feature film that was made entirely of shorts set to classical music. The film, titled Fantasia, included shorts set to music such as the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach, the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, The Pastoral Symphony by Beethoven, Dance of the Hours by Ponchielli, Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. The music was recorded at the Philadelphia Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. Fantasia was released in 1940 as a limited-run roadshow attraction, in thirteen different locations. Although some critics were resistant to the idea of pairing classical music and animation, many applauded Fantasia for its imaginative execution. Today, Fantasia is a Disney classic, and considered a landmark in animation history. This production cel on Courvoisier background, which features Mickey Mouse and the Broom, measures 23" x 21" inches framed. Truly a one of a kind piece of animation history! $20,000 framed
Original Chuck Jones Watercolor Featuring Marc Anthony and Kitty
This original Chuck Jones watercolor features Marc Anthony and Kitty. The duo first made their appearance together in the 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, Feed the Kitty. In the cartoon, Marc Anthony, a massive and ferocious looking bulldog, tries to intimidate a stray kitten. Unfazed, the kitten climbs up on his back and promptly falls asleep. The bulldog instantly falls in love with the kitten and decides to bring it home with him. Towards the end of the cartoon, Marc Anthony mistakenly believes that the kitten has been accidently baked into some cookies, and almost collapses with grief; although the scene is intended to be comical, it is in fact very touching. When it is revealed that the kitten is in fact alive, both Marc Anthony and the viewer are overjoyed. This original water color is signed by Chuck Jones, and is truly one of a kind. It measures 14 1/2" x 11" unframed, and 22" x 18" framed. This watercolor would certainly make a unique addition to any animation collection! $5,000 framed