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  • Peanuts Animation Art Limited Edition Lithograph Auugghhhh...

    “AUUGGHHHH…” Charlie Brown exclaims as he flies through the air after Lucy tricks him yet again and takes away the football. Lucy would pull this prank on Charlie Brown in the Fall of every year in the original comic strip. The gag is symbolic of the funny friendship between Lucy and Charlie Brown and has become one of the most iconic scenes of the entire Peanuts series.

    The woman who inspired the character of Lucy, Louanne Van Pelt, was a neighbor of Charles Schultz. Her husband and Schultz were veterans of World War I and the couples would get together to play cards. Around that time, Schulz was honing his "Peanuts" comic strip and its cast of characters, led by Charlie Brown.

    "As I hear it, he would pull out a notepad and make notations about something my mother would say or do. He was just kind of amazed. My mom was a very eccentric and interesting character herself.” said her son, David Merrill. 

     "The 'Peanuts," I think, is something she actually felt bittersweet with... She wasn't very flattered, I believe, with the character that Charles Schulz withdrew from her actual personality. The narcissistic, kind of cruel, if she was always yanking that football from poor Charlie Brown's foot, making him land on his head all the time," Merrill says. "But she learned to live with it and was very pleasant about it just the same.”

    While Lucy often bullies and makes fun of characters like Charlie Brown, he still thinks of Lucy as a good friend and deep down, Lucy does have a fondness of him, with a couple of times that she said that "he's full of surprises.” Own a piece of animation history today! $1,895 framed.

    • Original Disney Four Production Cels on Color Copy Background from Sleeping Beauty featuring King Stefan and King Hubert

      We are pleased to offer  an original Walt Disney four Production Cel Set up on Color Copy Background from Sleeping Beauty featuring King Stefan and King Hubert.

      In this scene, King Stefan and King Hubert are celebrating the upcoming wedding of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora. They rapidly gulp down mead brought out by The Lackey while boisterously singing a drinking song together. The two kings have very different personalities. King Hubert is rather jolly and boastful while King Stefan is rather reserved and dignified. These differences and the generous amounts of alcohol lead to a misunderstanding between the two. 

      King Hubert becomes angry at King Stefan due to a perceived slight against Prince Phillip. King Stefan feels he needs to give Princess Aurora some time to get ready for the wedding as it “may come as quite a shock.” King Hubert spits out the rest of his mead and exclaims “A shock! My Phillip, a shock?” It quickly escalates and they continue to throw insults back and forth at each other. “POMPUS? UNREASONABLE? En guarde sir!” King Hubert exclaims, using a fish as the primary weapon instead of sword. He flops the fish around and King Stefan grabs a shield. However, King Hubert comes to see the ridiculousness and hilarity of the scene and quickly makes up with his friend.

      In this four production cel set up King Stefan measures 8" tall and King Hubert measures 6" tall. Own a piece of animation history today! $995 framed.

      • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Little Mermaid featuring Ariel (1989)

        We are pleased to offer an  original Walt Disney Production Cel from the Little Mermaid featuring Ariel. In this scene, Flounder rushes Ariel to her treasure trove to show her a surprise. We see her face wide with surprise right before we see the statue of Eric glistening in the cave. She swims over to the statue and with a giggle says “Why Eric? Run away with you? this is all so…so sudden.”

         The cave is also where Ariel sings the beloved song “Part of your World,” —a song that was almost cut from the film. After young children in a test audience became restless during the scene, Katzenberg wanted to shorten or even cut the song entirely. The film's directors and Glen Keane, the lead animator of the scene, convinced Katzenberg not to make the same mistake that the Wizard of Oz almost made. They too thought of cutting “Over the Rainbow” because it was a slower paced scene. Obviously both films made the right choice.

        Film critic Roger Ebert was enthusiastic about the film and wrote that," The Little Mermaid is a jolly and inventive animated fantasy—a movie that's so creative and so much fun it deserves comparison with the best Disney work of the past." Ebert also commented positively on the character of Ariel, stating, "... Ariel is a fully realized female character who thinks and acts independently, even rebelliously, instead of hanging around passively while the fates decide her destiny."

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        • Original Key Master Disney Production set up from Robin Hood 1973

          We are pleased to offer an original Key Master Disney Production Cel set up from Robin Hood (1973) featuring Maid Marian, Prince John, and Robin hood in his disguise.

          In this scene, Robin Hood has won the archery tournament, and a kiss from Maid Marian. He remains dressed as a stork as he approaches Maid Marian and Prince John at his throne. Prince John exposes him and has him arrested for execution despite Maid Marian's pleas.

          A few months before the film's release, the Disney animators needed Peter Ustinov to come back to the Disney Studios to re-record some of his lines as Prince John. Frantically, the animators made phone calls to New York, London, Paris, Vienna, and Tokyo, trying to locate Ustinov. They came up empty handed. Then to their surprise they discovered that he was working at the NBC Studios in Burbank that week, a half-mile down the street from them. Which was lucky, as critics raved that the character Prince John almost stole the show because of Ustinov’s comical performance.  

          New York magazine called it "a sweet, funny, slam-bang, good-hearted Walt Disney feature cartoon with a fine cast" and said it was "a feast for the eyes for kiddies and Disney nostalgics.”

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          • Original Walt Disney Key Master 5 Production Cel Set Up on Production Background from 101 Dalmatians featuring Pongo and Perdita from 1961

            We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney Key Master 5 Production Cel set up on Production Background from One Hundred and One Dalmatians featuring Pongo and Perdita. 

            In this scene, Pongo descends the steps of the basement to greet Perdita and the new born puppies. This is a beautiful set up that allows you to see a progression of cels placed on the production background that creates the animation sequence of the scene. You also get to see the detailed line work that went into making the backgrounds. I counted 60 spots total in this Key Master set up. How many do you count?

             If you added up all the spots on every drawing or cel of all 99 puppies plus Pongo and Perdita, you'd have a total of 6,469,952 spots. While 72 belong to Pongo, and 68 to Perdita, the rest belong to the puppies. There was a team of artists whose job was just to draw spots on the dogs.

            Perhaps luckily for the artists, no two real dalmatians have the same number and pattern of spots. Cruella DeVille probably didn't know this fact when she was plotting to make herself a dalmatian coat. If she'd succeeded, the pattern wouldn't have matched!

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