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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel From Pinocchio

     “I dub you Pinocchio's conscience, lord high keeper of the knowledge of right and wrong, counselor in moments of high temptation, and guide along the straight and narrow path. Arise, Sir Jiminy Cricket.

    ―The Blue Fairy

    We are pleased to offer an  Original Walt Disney Production Cel From Pinocchio. Jimmy Cricket has appeared along with Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell as a company mascot, and is notable for being the original performer of Pinocchio's opening song, "When You Wish Upon a Star", which would become the trademark anthem for The Walt Disney Company.

    Animator Ward Kimball was still upset about scenes of his that were cut from Snow White and was in Walt’s office to tender his resignation. Instead, Walt asked Kimball if he would lead the charge on animating Jiminy Cricket, a tricky assignment, since no one was sure how to make the little insect look appealing. “God, he did such a wonderful job, that I walked out very happily and said, ‘What a wonderful place this is,’” Kimball later recalled.

    The reviews at the time of the release praised the film. The Los Angeles Times critic said, “Pinocchio tops any animated cartoon I ever saw,” and The New Republic wrote that it “brings the cartoon to a level of perfection that the word cartoon will not cover.” Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD.

    • Original Walt Disney Production Drawing of Donald Duck from Donald's Cousin Gus (1939)

      We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney Production Drawing of Donald Duck from Donald’s Cousin Gus (1939).

      In Donald's Cousin Gus, Donald Duck is visited by his gluttonous cousin, Gus Goose. Despite a note from his mother saying "he don't eat much," he's soon eating Donald out of house and home. Donald Duck always get the bad luck in Disney cartoons, which gives the character his uniqueness and charm. In this Production Drawing, Donald holds onto a loaf of bread while Gus tries to pull it away. Gus slips the bread out of his grasp, dips it into a cup of tea and eats it in one bite.

      1939 was the big year for Donald Duck becoming the huge cartoon star of the Disney studio. A large part of that is due to story man Carl Barks, who was instrumental in building the “Duckverse.” This included expanding the characters of Huey, Dewey and Louie, Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck and creating the TV show “Duck Tales."

      This cartoon was also the first ever pre-recorded program (in this case, film) to be televised in the United States, airing as part of NBC's "first night" of sponsored programming. Own a piece of animation history today! $395 unframed

      • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier Background from The Pointer (1939)

        We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney Production Cel on Courvoisier background from The Pointer (1939) featuring Mickey Mouse and Pluto. 

        This short, where Mickey tries to train Pluto to become a hunting dog, establishes the most classic version of Mickey Mouse.  It was the first short to feature the new look that Mickey Mouse was given in the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment in Fantasia. Although Fred Moore (long considered the "Mickey expert") tried to do something new with Mickey in every short, "The Pointer" is where it all came together into a more modern Mickey. His now flesh-toned face and pupilled eyes have become standard for Mickey Mouse’s modern design.

        For this short, Walt Disney was filmed recording Mickey's voice as reference for the animators. During the session, Disney held his hand out, palm down, on the line "I'm Mickey Mouse. You know, Mickey Mouse?" estimating how tall he thought Mickey was. The gesture was incorporated into the animation. 

        This beautiful animation film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) in 1940. Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD.

        • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Pan Production Background from Pluto's Dream House (1940)

          We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney Production cel on Pan Production Background from Pluto’s Dream House (1940) featuring Mickey Mouse and Pluto.

          Before Aladdin graced the Big Screen, it looks like his magic lamp or a distant genie cousin made his way in this cartoon short. Here, Mickey decides to build Pluto a new house and while he breaks ground, Pluto digs out a magic lamp. In it is a genie who follows Mickey's command in building a grand of a dog house for Pluto. However, when Mickey's radio goes haywire, the genie follows every command it hears on the radio, creating chaos for Pluto.

          In this scene, the paintbrush that has been enchanted by the magic lamp is painting the dog house-- and Pluto. Curious and amazed by the mischievous magic paint brush, Pluto gets a little too close to the action. The brush is not concerned with Pluto being in the way and paints all over him, leaving his silhouette against the side of the dog house.

          Like all Disney characters, Pluto went through a bit of changes in his early character development. When reflecting on the legacy of the lovable canine character, Walt Disney said “Yet through all these great moments I think I can safely say Pluto hasn’t changed a bit. He’s still the same unaffected, simple-minded mutt he’s always been.” Own a piece of animation history today! $2,995 framed.

          • Original Production Drawing of Gertie the Dinosaur by Windsor McCay (1914)

            We are pleased to offer an original production drawing of Gertie the Dinosaur by Windsor McCay. Created in 1914, Gertie was the first film to use animation techniques such as keyframes, registration marks, tracing paper, the Mutoscope action viewer, and animation loops. It influenced the next generation of animators such as the Fleischer brothers, Otto Messmer, Paul Terry, and Walt Disney. McCay was open about the techniques that he developed, and refused to patent his system, reportedly saying, "Any idiot that wants to make a couple of thousand drawings for a hundred feet of film is welcome to join the club."

            McCay conferred with the American Historical Society in 1912, and announced plans for "the presentation of pictures showing the great monsters that used to inhabit the earth". He spoke of the "serious and educational work" that the animation process could enable. McCay was concerned with accurate timing and motion; he timed his own breathing to determine the timing of Gertie's breathing, and included subtle details such as the ground sagging beneath Gertie's great weight. McCay consulted with New York museum staff to ensure the accuracy of Gertie's movements; the staff were unable to help him find out how an extinct animal would stand up from a lying position, so in a scene in which Gertie stood up, McCay had a flying lizard come on screen to draw away viewers' attention.

            McCay's work, grounded solidly in his understanding of realistic perspective, presaged the techniques featured in Walt Disney's feature films. Disney paid tribute to McCay in 1955 on an episode of Disneyland. The episode, "The Story of Animated Drawing", gave a history of animation, and dramatized McCay's vaudeville act with Gertie. Own a piece of animation history today! $9,995 framed.