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  • 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. $1,500 framed

        • Original Walt Disney Production Cel From Cinderella

          Without a doubt, Cinderella is one of the most beloved Walt Disney films of all time, and one of the best animated American films. Cinderella is the quintessential Disney Princess story, with the ultimate fairy-tale ending. Released in 1950, Cinderella is the twelfth Disney animated film. It was the first full-length feature film since Bambi in 1942; World War II and extremely low box office returns led Disney to create short, inexpensive films throughout the 1940s. Similar to other Disney films, Cinderella was based off of a collection of folk and fairy tales. The original Cinderella stories - such as the brothers Grimm Aschenputtle , or "Ashfool,"- are quite dark and violent. Disney reworked the story  in order to make it more appealing to a younger, and more family oriented, audience. Cinderella became an instant success for Disney following it’s releases, and helped reverse the studio’s luck and fortunes. This beautiful production cel featuring Cinderella is a fantastic piece of animation history, and would make an excellent addition to any animation collector. 23” x 19” framed. SOLD

          • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Production Background from Lady and the Tramp

   in 1955, Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp was the first full-length animated feature filmed in CinemaScope. The process allowed for a wide-screen format that was twice as wide than format used at the time. The wider format allowed the Disney animators to move characters across the background, instead of moving the background behind the characters. When the film was released, however, two versions were issued. Not all theaters were capable of showing the new CinemaScope technology, and Disney decided to create a second version of the film in the common format. When the movie was released in theaters, it took in a higher earning than any other Disney feature since Snow White. Today, Lady and the Tramp is regarded as a classic romantic film. This beautiful production cel on production background is a fantastic piece of film history. The production background is a great example of the new format used with Cinemascope. It features both Lady and the Tramp, and measures 28” x 18” framed. Call for value