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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Released in 1937, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length cel animated feature film. Production for the film, which was based off of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, began in 1934.  Disney certainly took a gamble with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; many critics, including his wife, warned him that adult audiences would not want to watch a cartoon-fantasy film. Animation was widely dismissed as children’s entertainment. Disney originally budgeted for the film between $150,000 and $250,000 – a cost almost ten times that of his short films featuring Mickey Mouse of the time. The final cost, however, reached upwards of $1.5 million – causing Disney to mortgage his house, and earning the film the nickname “Disney’s Folly” amongst critics.  At the debut on December 21, 1937, however, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs received a standing ovation. When the film was released to the public in February 1938, it quickly grossed $8 million – a record for the time.  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the model for Disney’s signature princess film format, which was used in films like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid. This rare production cel - which features Snow White, the Prince, and all seven dwarfs- is an amazing piece of animation history. The cels were trimmed and applied to a Courvoisier background by Disney Studios; Snow White measures 8” tall on the hose, and the dwarfs measure 5” tall.  This is a beautiful piece, and would make an excellent addition to any animation collection. 21” x 18” framed. $15,000 framed

    • Original Walt Disney Production Drawing From Steamboat Willie

      Walt Disney’s 1928 short Steamboat Willie is widely recognized as a landmark in animation history; the short revolutionized animation technology, as well as launched Disney’s empire.  The cartoon is also considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie.  Although both Mickey and Minnie appeared several months earlier in the short Plane Crazy, Steamboat Willie was the first film to be distributed. November 18, 1928 - the day that Steamboat Willie opened in New York City - is now known as Mickey Mouse’s birthday.  The cartoon, which ran only eight minutes long, revolutionized animation because it was the first cartoon with synchronized sound, or sound that was paired to moving images. The music in the final soundtrack was performed by the Green Brothers Novelty Band; a filmed bouncing ball helped the musicians keep tempo. The technology rendered silent animation obsolete. Prior to Steamboat Willie,  Disney’s cartoons were nearly indistinguishable from his competitors;  the “sound cartoon” set the businessman and filmmaker apart, and helped grow his expansive industry to what it is today. The response to Steamboat Willie was so positive that Disney reproduced Plane Crazy as a sound cartoon, and also released it in theaters. Disney's first full lenght feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, followed less than ten years later. This fantastic production drawing is a piece of animation history, and would make an outstanding addition to any animation collection.  19" x 17" framed. Call For Value

      • 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. SOLD