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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel Featuring Cinderella

    We are pleased to offer an original production cel on color copy background featuring Cinderella. When Cinderella was released in 1950, Walt Disney Studios was 4 million dollars in debt and in desperate need for a hit. Cinderella is still well-loved by audiences and continues to be at the top of most "favorite Disney princess" lists.

    Part of the wide appeal is surely its upbeat ending. Cinderella and her prince live happily forever after, a rags-to-riches story. Even if Cinderella herself is of noble origin, she is able to rise out of ashes and cinders to achieve a position of wealth and stature. Walt Disney loved making the film, saying he identified a lot with Cinderella.

    Disney enjoyed working with actors and models for multiple projects. If some of the Disney women from the 50s and 60s look similarly graceful, there’s a reason for it: Helene Stanley, the live-action model for Cinderella, was also the live-action model for Princess Aurora and Anita in101 Dalmatians. Similarly, Verna Felton, the Fairy Godmother, provided the voices for a bunch of other famous Disney roles. She was also Mrs. Jumbo in Dumbo, the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp, and both Flora and the Queen in Sleeping Beauty. Own a piece of animation history today!

    • Original Walt Disney Production Drawing of Mickey Mouse from Canine Caddy (1941)


      "I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse."         

       — Walt Disney, Disneyland; October 27, 1954

      We recently received a large collection of production drawings from a wide variety of Mickey Mouse Shorts including The Dognapper, Mad Doctor, Mickey’s Garden, Mickey’s Fire Brigade, Boat Builders, Mickey's Grand Opera, Two-Gun Mickey and more! The collection features fantastic scenes from these classic animations from the 30s and early 40s. 

      By 1937, Disney Studios was producing about 12 Mickey shorts a year, with Disney himself providing the mouse's high-pitched voice. Mickey became a football hero, a hunter, a tailor, and a symphony conductor. He accidentally sprayed himself with insecticide, rescued Pluto from the dogcatcher, crashed a car into a barn, fell behind on his rent, enlisted in the army, had his house repossessed, and lost Minnie to an innumerable string of muscular bad boys (although he always won her back in the end). 

      This featured production drawing of Mickey Mouse is from the short Canine Caddy. This animation was created a couple of years after Mickey was redesigned with cuter, more human-like features. He now had eyes with pupils, a beige skin tone and more realistic ears. This design of Mickey Mouse can also be seen in Fantasia and is still used today. Own a piece of Animation history today! SOLD.

      • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background featuring Jiminy Cricket

        We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney Production Cel on airbrushed Courvoisier Background featuring Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. Like every animated Disney character, Jiminy went through an evolution of designs. Some of the earliest ones resembled more of a realistic cricket. According to animator Ward Kimball, this was a disgusting sight, so he made the character more and more of a cartoonish and sweet-looking creature to the point that the audience only knows he's a cricket because the film tells them.

        In this Production Cel on airbrushed Courvoisier background, Jiminy finds Pinocchio playing pool and smoking cigars with Lampwick. He is immediately angry and tries to tell Pinocchio to go home. Lampwick laughs and knocks Jiminy Cricket down with the 8 ball. When Pinocchio defends Lampwick, Jiminy Cricket says he gives up his job of being Pinocchio's conscious.

        The expression “Jiminy Cricket!” that is the characters’ namesake is said in two other Disney films. When the dwarfs first encounter an Snow White in their cottage, they hide in the forest and proclaim "Jiminy Crickets!" Mickey Mouse says it several times in the 1938 cartoon The Brave Little Tailor. Own a piece of animation history today! This special cel is available for only $1,995 framed.

        • Hanna Barbera Production Cel from Fender Bender featuring Muttley, Signed by Hanna, Barbera, Takamoto

          We are pleased to offer an original Hanna Barbera  Production Cel on color copy background from Fender Bender featuring Muttley. The cel is signed by Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera and the mat is signed by Iwao Takamoto. The inscription on the mat states “To Daniel, Best Wishes, Iwao Takamoto,” with a drawing of Dick Dastardly. Iwao Takamoto had a very prolific career and designed a great majority of Hanna-Barbera characters, including Scooby-Doo and Astro. Iwao Takamoto created the character Dick Dastardly as the production designer of the Hanna Barbera show “Wacky Races” and the spin-off “Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines.”

          In both series, Dick Dastardly was one of the drivers who competed in each episode for first place. Dastardly was aided in his schemes by his sidekick, a scruffy anthropomorphic dog named Muttley who had a distinctive wheezy laugh, heard most often when Dastardly's schemes failed. Muttley also hated bad remarks about him. When Dastardly calls Muttley dumb or an idiot he bites his hand or growls at him angrily.

          While Muttley didn’t talk, Dick Dastardly was known for his signature catchphrases. At the end of each episode you could hear him exclaiming "Drat, drat and double drat!" or "Triple drat!" and even "Curses, foiled again!" His other main catchphrase was, "Muttley, do something!”  Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD

          • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Little Mermaid featuring Ariel and Eric

            We are pleased to offer an original Production Cel on color copy background from The Little Mermaid featuring Ariel and Eric. In this scene, Ariel has just regained her voice after successfully disrupting Ursula’s attempt to marry Prince Eric. Out of his trance, Eric runs over to Ariel and says “You’re the one! it was you all the time!” Just then, the sun sets and Ursula drags Ariel back into the ocean. 

            Water is very complicated to animate and the artists at disney speculate they painted millions of bubbles during the production of The Little Mermaid. To animate the shipwreck and Ursula’s emergence from the sea, the animators studied scenes from Pinocchio involving Monstro.

            The Little Mermaid was the last Disney film to use the cel animation process. Disney animation since before Snow White cel animation required animator’s drawings to be copied onto clear sheets of plastic, painted on the opposite side and laid over the hand painted backgrounds. 

            The old method was replaced with a computer version called CAPS (Computer Animation Production System), which Pixar developed to allow drawings to be scanned, colored and composited digitally. The final shot of Mermaid was finished using CAPS. In this Production Cel on color copy background, Eric measures 6 1/4" tall. Own a piece of animation history today! $2,800 framed