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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Production Background Featuring Cinderella

    Walt Disney's classic "Cinderella" is turning 70 in 2020! What is it, exactly, that makes Cinderella such a timeless character? The story goes so far back through so many cultures that no one actually knows where or when it began.

    Mary Walsh, the managing director of the Animation Research Library at Walt Disney Animation Studios said “When you're talking about this film being almost 70 years old and what are the aspects of it that make it endure even in today's world, I think Cinderella, as a character, her ability to persevere and to be resilient, and to still be kind and respectful to people even though she was faced with a lot of challenges, I think a lot of us go through that today…That optimism, I think is so important. I think that's one of the reasons it stays with us, along with the beautiful artistry of the film.”

    Critic Craig Butler said, "Ilene Woods makes a marvelous Cinderella, her voice a combination of girlishness and sophistication; she also possesses a serenity and assurance which makes one feel she is more in control of her life than might be guessed by her surroundings.” At the time of actress Irene Woods' death, Charles Solomon told the Los Angeles Times, "one of the things about her performance is the warmth she gave the character. As soon as she began to speak, her voice meshed with Marc Davis' animation to create a heroine you liked instantly."

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    • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from Song of the South

      Song of the South is a 1946 American live-action/animated musical film produced by Walt Disney based on the Uncle Remus stories. Uncle Remus is the fictional title character and narrator of a collection of black American folktales compiled and adapted by Joel Chandler Harris and published in book form in 1881.

      It was Disney's first film to feature live actors, who provide a sentimental frame story for the animated segments. The film depicts the character Uncle Remus, relating to several children, including the film's protagonist, the folk tales of the adventures of anthropomorphic Br'er Rabbit and his enemies, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear.

      In this scene, Brer Rabbit gets tied up in one of Brer Fox’s traps. As the story goes, Brer Rabbit tricks Brer Bear into switching places with him by saying “I’m keeping the crows out of the cornfield. Making a dollar a minute.” Brer Bear wants to earn a dollar a minute, so they switch places just in time for Mr. Fox to arrive and realize that Brer Rabbit got away once again.

      James Baskett was voted an Academy Honorary Award for his portrayal of Uncle Remus, Brer Rabbit, and Brer Fox’, the first African-American man to win any kind of Oscar. Own a piece of Animation History today! SOLD

      • Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background featuring Dopey

        After discovering Snow White in their house and having dinner, the dwarfs throw a cheerful dance party. Six of the Dwarfs sing The Silly Song with Grumpy on the organ and Doc on the lute. As the only mute dwarf, Dopey find multiple ways to still be the life of the party. He accidentally contributes a drum solo as he tries to swat a pesky housefly.

        In this scene, Dopey gets the idea to make himself a tall enough dance partner for Snow White by climbing on Sneezy's shoulders and wearing a long cloak. Dopey and Sneezy wobble and sway around, almost falling over, but manage to dance with Snow White. The dance is abruptly ended when Sneezy has such a big sneeze that Dopey shoots up out of the coat, flies through the air and lands among the cottage rafters.

        Despite being conceived late in production, Dopey proved to be the most endearing of the dwarfs. Dopey's appeal proved the success of silent characters in feature films and prompted the studio to make Gideon from Pinocchio silent. Dopey had plenty of lines in the script, and the studio hired Mel Blanc, the iconic voice actor who became known for characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, to play the lovable dwarf. After recording a few tracks, Walt Disney decided to cut all Dopey’s lines. But you can still hear Blanc’s voice in the movie, however, when Dopey hiccups. 

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        • Charles Schulz Signed Lithograph, Society's Leader

          The wildly imaginative, supremely confident, world-famous beagle is a canine master of disguise. One of Snoopy's more common alter egos in his fantasy life, is the World Famous Attorney. Snoopy puts on a bow tie, and a hat, and pretends to go to court to defend people. He says no judge could argue with his famous bark. He has been seen pretending to defend Peter Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and a scarecrow.

          As the World Famous Attorney, Snoopy randomly spouts legal maxims in response to the children’s concerns but in reality, never solves their problems. He has attempted to defend many of the Peanut’s characters like Peppermint Patty, Sally Brown and Linus van Pelt. Snoopy loses every case he is given, even the ones that happen solely in his imagination. 

          Charles M. Schulz said "Snoopy’s whole personality is a little bittersweet. But he’s a very strong character. He can win or lose, be a disaster, a hero, or anything, and yet it all works out. I like the fact that when he’s in real trouble, he can retreat into a fantasy and thereby escape."

          In this original Charles Schulz lithographSociety's Leader, Snoopy as World Famous Attorney and Linus sit on a bench together. Linus remarks “The lawyer is evermore the leader in society.” Snoopy thinks “I like it. I don’t understand it. But I like it.” Own a piece of animation today! SOLD

          • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Aristocats featuring Edgar Balthazar

            Over the years, Disney has brought us so many iconic characters, and so many have been cats and dogs. Since the beginning of time, the debate of cats vs. dogs has been raging. Where does Disney stand in this debate?

            Some of the very first Disney movies featured many lovable and vengeful cats like Figaro from Pinocchio, Sergeant Tibbs from One hundred and One Dalmatians, and Lucifer from Cinderella. Still, with two feature length films of their own (One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Lady and the Tramp), dogs seemed to be dominating the Disney studios. That is until Aristocats was released in 1970 and cats got a feature film of their own! 

            It may only be a debate interesting to humans as every Disney cat has a friendly dog companion. In the Aristocats, the hounds Napoleon and Lafayette are a classic double act. Napoleon is the cleverer of the two and is often aggravated by Lafayette's stupidity. He always reminds Lafayette of his superiority, although he usually takes Lafayette's advice anyway.

            We first meet the duo when they are woken by the butler Edgar and chase him down a riverbank, where Edgar drops the basket with the cats. A spectacular chase scene ensues, with Edgar being bitten on the butt several times; both of his shoes accidentally being removed from his feet; and his right leg chomped by Lafayette.

            What about you? Do you have a favorite Disney cat or dog?

            We are pleased to offer an original production cel from the Aristocats featuring Edgar Balthazar. Own a piece of animation history today! $495 framed