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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel Featuring Jessica Rabbit

    This original Walt Disney production cel features the iconic Jessica Rabbit, and is from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The film, which was based on the 1981 Gary Wolf book Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, combined live action and animation. Set in the 1940s, the film creates a world in which cartoon characters and humans interact.  When the famous ’toon actor Roger Rabbit is framed for murder, Bob Hoskins as detective Eddie Valiant is hired to investigate; what follows is a wonderfully comedic and animated interpretation of the detective films made popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Roger Rabbit pays tribute to "The Golden Age of Animation"; well-known Disney and Warner Brothers characters make appearances throughout the film. Roger Rabbit himself has physical elements of both Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse; his sultry wife, Jessica Rabbit, was inspired by Tex Avery’s Red Hot.  Believing that the film was too risqué with sexual innuendos, it was decided by the Walt Disney Company to release the film under their Touchstone Pictures banner, instead of the traditional Walt Disney banner.  The 1988 release of the film was met with instant success; critics applauded the film for the seamless blending of toon and human acting.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is the first animated/live action film to win multiple Academy Awards; the film is also credited with leading the Disney Renaissance, which thrived during the late 1980s through the 1990s. This original production cel on a color copy background measures 20” x 15” framed, and would make a fantastic addition to any animation collection.  $1,500 framed.

    • Original Walt Disney Limited Edition Cel from Bambi

      Released in 1942, Bambi is Walt Disney’s fifth animated full length feature film.  Disney’s film is based on the novel Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.  The beloved Disney film features a young, inquisitive white-tailed deer named Bambi, who is especially close to his mother, and whose father is the Great Prince of the Forest, responsible for protecting the other forest animals from Man. As a young fawn, Bambi meets and becomes fast friends with a young rabbit named Thumper, and a young skunk named Flower. In an often referenced and upsetting scene, Bambi’s mother is killed by hunters while he is still young; Bambi is then watched over his powerful father. Bambi later grows into a young stag and falls in love with the doe Faline; Bambi rescues her from hunters and in turn replaces his father as the Great Prince of the Forest. While the film was in production, Disney regularly brought deer and other zoo animals to the studios for the animators to study. Although Bambi received mix reviews when it was released, and was heavily criticized by the hunting community, the film is now considered a Disney classic.  This cute limited edition cel, released in by Walt Disney in 1992, features a young Bambi and Thumper, and captures the moment when Bambi first discovered a butterfly.  The piece measures 39” x 20” framed, and is numbered 89/500.  $1,250 framed

      • Original Warner Brothers Limited Edition Cel, Duck Dodgers Group

        Chuck Jones was a renowned animator, director, and producer of animated films; he was particularly known for his work on the Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies cartoons with Warner Brothers Studios.  He animated and directed a slew of cartoons staring Warner Brothers’ most famous characters, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, and many, many more. In 1962, Chuck Jones left Warner Brothers to start his own studio, and also produced films for MGM studios, most notably Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Although Jones had left Warner Brothers in the 1960s, he periodically worked with the studio throughout the rest of his career.  In the 1970s, Jones, his daughter Linda, and a few business partners developed the idea of limited edition cels. Limited editions cels captured favorite scenes and character from films, and allowed the studio to market to a wider consumer audience. A fire at the Warner Brothers Studio destroyed many of the cels and drawings from the 1940s and 1950s; limited editions allowed the studio to recreate those favorite moments.  The first limited edition, titled Duck Dodgers Group, featured characters from the popular 1953 feature, Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century .  Each cel had a hand-painted background, and was signed, dated, and numbered by Chuck Jones. The concept was so popular, that Jones and Warner Brothers started producing other limited edition cels; the idea was also picked up by other animation studios, such as Disney.  Chuck Jones passed away in 2002; the limited edition cels allow animation fans to continue to enjoy his profound talent. Duck Dodgers Group is numbered AP 29/50, and measures 19” x 17” framed. $1,400 framed

        • Original Walt Disney Limited Edition Cel Magic Carpet Ride

          Walt Disney’s thirty-first animated feature film, Aladdin, was released in November of 1992. Loosely based on the Arabian folktale One Thousand and One Nights, Disney’s Aladdin  was the highest grossing film of 1992, and won two Academy awards for Best Music and Original Score.  Aladdin was generally well-received by critics, especially for Robin Williams' character the Genie. This original limited edition cel, Magic Carpet Ride, was released by Disney Studios in 1994. Limited edition cels, which were released after film, were based off of favorite scenes from the film and featured favorite characters.  Limited editions were created using the same techniques as production cels. Magic Carpet Ride features Princess Jasmine and Aladdin as Prince Ali, as they take romantic ride on the Magic Carpet. It is 33” x 22” framed, and 273/500. Magic Carpet would make a great addition to any animation collection! SOLD

          • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from Sleeping Beauty featuring Maleficent

            This fantastic production cel on a hand-prepared custom background features Maleficent, the evil fairy from Walt Disney’s 1959 film, Sleeping Beauty. Offended that she was not invited to the royal christening of the infant Princess Aurora, Maleficent places a curse on the baby girl: she proclaims that that the princess will prick her finger and die on the spindle of a spinning wheel before the end of her sixteenth birthday. Maleficent’s curse is weakened by the good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, so that the princess instead falls into a deep sleep and can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love. Still fearing Maleficent’s curse, the three fairies take the Princess into their protection and raise her in hiding until her sixteenth birthday passes.  Despite the fairies' precautions, Maleficent finds Aurora on the evening of her sixteenth birthday and lures her into pricking her finger on a spinning wheel, fulfilling her curse. A magnificent battle ensues between Maleficent, Aurora’s true love Prince Phillip, and the three fairies. Although she transforms herself into a huge dragon, Prince Phillip is able to overcome Maleficent, and awaken Aurora with a kiss.  Although Sleeping Beauty received mixed reviews when it was first released in theaters, it is largely considered a Disney classic today.  The film is often considered darker than many of Disney’s other princess films, and Maleficent can be considered one of the more sinister of Disney villains. This production cel thoroughly captures Maleficent’s sinister charactersitics, and would be a great addition to any Disney collection.  27” x 23” framed. SOLD