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  • Original Disney Production Drawing Featuring Mickey Mouse from Fantasia

    We are pleased to offer an original production drawing featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio, Disney felt that the original star of the studio needed a boost in popularity.

    He decided to feature Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a deluxe cartoon short based on the poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and set to the orchestral piece by Paul Dukas inspired by the original tale. The concept of matching animation to classical music was used as early as 1928 in Disney's cartoon series, the Silly Symphonies, but he wanted to go beyond the usual slapstick, and produce shorts where "sheer fantasy unfolds ... action controlled by a musical pattern has great charm in the realm of unreality."

    In 1938 Walt Disney ran into the conductor Leopold Stokowski in a local restaurant. Stokowski later wrote meeting; “I was alone having dinner at a table near him and he called across to me, ‘Why don’t we sit together?’ Then he began to tell me he was interested in Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as a possible short, and did I like the music. I said I liked it very much and would be happy to cooperate with him.”

    It is thanks to Stokowski that Fantasia expanded from only including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to a feature film including The Pastoral Symphony, Dance of the Hours, Rite of Spring, Nutcracker Suite, Toccata Fugue and Night on Bald Mountain. Own a piece of Animation History Today! $1,295 framed.

    • Original Signed Chuck Jones Production Cel of The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

      During  Chuck Jones’s time working with MGM studios, he produced the classic Hanna Barbera animation short Tom and Jerry and animated special How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We are pleased to offer an original Production Cel of The Grinch signed by Chuck Jones.

      It can’t be denied that the mid-1960s was the golden age of the animated TV Christmas special. The stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer premiered in 1964, and A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted twelve months later. The next year, in 1966, How the Grinch Stole Christmas aired for the first time.

      The Grinch was the first adult and the first villain to be the main character in a Dr. Seuss book. In the original book, the Grinch is illustrated as black and white, with hints of pink and red. Rumor has it that Jones was inspired to give The Grinch his iconic coloring after he rented a car that was painted an ugly shade of green. When Geisel first saw Jones’s drawings of the Grinch, he exclaimed, “That doesn’t look like the Grinch, that looks like you!” Jones’s responded “Well, it happens.”

      This original Production Cel on color copy background featuring The Grinch includes a Linda Jones Enterprises certificate of authenticity. Own a piece of animation history today! $2,500 framed

      • Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background Featuring Dopey and Sleepy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

        We are pleased to offer an  original Walt Disney production cel on Courvoisier background featuring Dopey and Sleepy. In this scene, Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Happy, Bashful and Dopey are headed to the mine while merrily singing “Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work we go!” In typical Dopey fashion, as he runs up from behind to help Sleepy push, he also pushes Sleepy head first into the cart.

        Like all locations in the film, the mine was designed by Albert Hurter. Hurter brought to Disney animation the more realistic, European illustration-like style. His character designs for The Goddess of Spring follow human anatomy rather than the more conventional "rubber hose and circle" style of animation. This style was arguably instrumental to the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the designs of a more realistic nature were needed for the main characters to carry the story and keep the audience engaged.

        Hurter held similar authority during production of Pinocchio, designing Pinocchio as a rather homely wooden puppet. Hurter's ideas led to sequences in Fantasia, including Night on Bald Mountain's Chernabog, the dancing hippos, elephants and alligators , and the mythical creatures of the Pastoral Symphony. He designed the atmosphere and props for Dumbo. Hurter also worked on ideas for films whose production would begin long after his death, including Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp.

        This original Walt Disney production cel on Courvoisier background featuring Dopey and Sleepy is beautifully framed in gold. Own a piece of animation history today! Call For Value

        • Original Walt Disney Production Cel of Minnie Mouse from Brave Little Tailor (1938)

          We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney production cel on Courvoisier background from Brave Little Tailor featuring Minnie Mouse. The cartoon is an adaptation of the German fairy tale The Valiant Little Tailor with Mickey Mouse in the title role and Minnie Mouse as the princess. Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck are often cited as unofficial members of the Disney Princesses and both have been included in some of the franchise's material. Princess Minnie still often wears the pink middle ages hennin headdress she wears in Brave Little Tailor.

          Minnie would appear in a number of shorts throughout the 1930's, co-starring alongside Mickey. She was introduced from the beginning as Mickey Mouse’s love interest in Plane Crazy. Minnie's early personality is cute, playful, musical and flirtatious. She often portrays an entertainer like a dancer or a musician that Mickey is trying to win the affection of. Part of the comedy of these early shorts is the varying degree of success Mickey has in wooing Minnie. Unlike later cartoons after the redesign, Minnie often becomes a damsel in distress that Mickey tries to rescue.

          Brave Little Tailor was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 11th Academy Awards in 1939, but lost to Disney's own Ferdinand the Bull. In 1994 the film was chosen as the 26th greatest cartoon of all time in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons. Own a piece of Animation history today! SOLD

          • Original Walt Disney 2 Production Cel set-up on Production Background from The Band Concert (1935)

            We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney 2 production cel set-up on production background from The Band Concert featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The Band Concert was the first Mickey Mouse film produced in color and remains one of the most highly acclaimed of the Disney shorts. Film critic Leonard Maltin dubbed it “one of the best cartoons ever made anywhere.”

            Directed by Wilfred Jackson, the cartoon adhered to the Silly Symphony tradition of combining breathtaking animated scenery with an engaging story set to well-known classical music. When Donald plays his flute in this short, the piece he is performing is "Turkey in the Straw," which was the same song Mickey performed in Steamboat Willie. The Band Concert was the third joint appearance of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in a Disney cartoon. The first two being Orphan’s Benefit and The Dognapper, which introduced him as a temperamental comic foil to Mickey Mouse.

            In 1994 The Band Concert was rated third in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons, which rated the greatest cartoons of all time by members of the field of animation. Own a piece of Animation history today! SOLD