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  • Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background featuring Dopey

    We are pleased to offer an original production cel on an airbrushed Courvoisier background from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs featuring Dopey. In the making of the film, Dopey's personality and role were finalized quite late in the process. 

    Fifty ideas for the dwarfs' names and personalities were listed in the film's proposal; the list included all of the names finally included except Dopey and Doc (Dopey being the last to be developed). Some of the dwarfs were: Awful, Biggy-Wiggy, Biggo-Ego, Blabby, Deefy, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Hotsy, Jaunty, Nifty, and Shifty. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz once wrote that he had heard that another name considered for a dwarf was "Snoopy" and that he was relieved that it had not been chosen as it would have probably prevented him from giving that name to his famous cartoon beagle.

    Some animators were opposed to the name Dopey, claiming that it was too modern a word to use in a timeless fairy tale. Walt Disney made the argument that William Shakespeare used the word in one of his plays. This managed to convince everyone, although any reference to the term "dopey" is yet to be found in any of Shakespeare's work.

    In this scene, we meet Dopey as he sweeps up the diamonds thrown away by Doc. Much to Doc’s disapproval, Dopey picks up a pair of diamonds and  holds them to his eyes like a kaleidoscope, creating hundreds of little eyes. This original Walt Disney production cel on an airbrushed Courvoisier background is archivally framed with museum glass in the original mat and frame. Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD.

     

    • Original Disney Production Cel on Color Copy Background Featuring Prince Phillip and Samson

      We are pleased to offer an original production cel on color copy background from Sleeping Beauty featuring Prince Phillip and Samson. Aurora’s true love, Prince Phillip was the first disney prince to receive a name and has the most expressive personality. He says comical lines like “You’re living in the past, this is the 14th Century!” to his father, King Hubert, in response to his arranged marriage.

      He was named after Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. His name was chosen because the Duke of Edinburgh was prince when the film was created and American audiences would have been familiar with the royal family.

      Samson the horse is also an influential character in the Disney universe. He set the stage for many horse characters, like Philippe in Beauty and the Beast, or Pegasus in Hercules, acting as a stubborn but lovable companion.

      In the scene, Prince Phillip has just defeated the evil Maleficent. He and Samson watch the castle transform from dark and thorn covered to bright and cheerful. Prince Phillip measures 7” tall. Own a piece of Animation history today! SOLD.

      • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Sword in the Stone featuring Merlin and Archimedes

        We are pleased to offer an original Art Corner set-up production cel from The Sword and the Stone featuring Merlin and Archimedes. Walt Disney was fascinated with the legend of King Arthur and choose this fim to follow One Hundred and One Dalmatians

        Bill Peet, the animator who designed the characters for the film, didn't actually get along very well with Walt Disney. Peet apparently based a lot of Merlin off of Disney, down to the nose. He said that like Merlin, Disney was stubborn but very intelligent. 

        In his book The Best of Disney, Neil Sinyard states that, despite not being well known, the Sword and the Stone has excellent animation, a complex structure, and is actually more philosophical than other Disney features. The fight scene between Merlin and Mim is considered to be a great animation achievement because of the complex magical scenarios. Both characters turn into various animals that still resemble their human features, a very challenging endeavor. Sinyard suggests that Walt Disney may have seen something of himself in Merlin, and that Mim, who "hates wholesome sunshine", may have represented critics.

        Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD.

        • Warner Brothers Virgil Ross Animation Drawing

          We are pleased to offer an  original signed animation drawing by Virgil Ross. Animator Virgil Ross had an expansive career as an artist working for many major animation studios. Some of these include Charles B. Mintz (known for Oswald the Rabbit), Ub Iwerks studio (known for contributing on the creation of Mickey Mouse) and the Walter Lantz studio. 

          In 1935 Ross began working at Warner Brothers Animation Studios. While at the studio he worked with different animators including  other notable animator Friz Freleng. Of the many characters Ross animated, he is most closely associated with Bugs Bunny. As the animator for "A Wild Hare", generally regarded as the first appearance of Bugs Bunny, Ross had a first person view of the creation of the character.

          Ross also did a great deal of work involving Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, and many others, including Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. When handling long-eared characters such as Bugs or Wile E. Coyote, Ross occasionally tilted or waved an ear in otherwise-static scenes. 

          In this drawing, Marvin the Martian points his Acme Disintergrating Ray Pistol toward Elmer Fudd while Wile E. Coyote smirks and motions back to Elmer. Bugs Bunny smiles and holds a smiling Tweety in the air. Bugs looks like he is up to some of his playful, mischievous games as the Roadrunner watches the antics with a grin. Own a piece of animation history today! $800 framed

          • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from Dumbo on Courvoisier Background

            We are pleased to offer an  original walt disney production cel from Dumbo on Courvoisier background. In this scene, Dumbo triumphs over his many obstacles and soars over the crowd of people who had previously treated him so poorly. This is the first time he is able to believe in himself and fly without use of the "magic feather". His only friend, Timothy Mouse, is riding in his hat cheering him on.

            Dumbo’s simple animation style and design stands apart from other Disney films from the 40’s. Dumbo and Snow White are the only two classic Disney features to use watercolor to render the backgrounds. The other Disney features used oil paint and gouache. Lilo & Stitch drew influences from Dumbo and made use of watercolor backgrounds.

            The audience reaction to Dumbo was overwhelmingly positive. Bosley Crowther, film critic for The New York Times, said that the film was "the most genial, the most endearing, the most completely precious cartoon feature film ever to emerge from the magical brushes of Walt Disney's wonder-working artists." The emotional journey and big heart of Dumbo has kept it a classic for all these years.

            In this piece, Dumbo measures 7 1/2" wide and 2" tall. Timothy Mouse is 1" tall. Own a piece of animation history today! $3,500 framed