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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from Dumbo on a Courvoisier Background

    This is an original production cel on a Courvoisier background featuring DUMBO. Dumbo (1941) is the story of a circus elephant taunted for his bigs ears, until he discovers his ability to fly. What makes this cel particularly rare is its pairing with a Courvoisier background. In the 1930s and 1940s, Walt Disney and Courvoisier Galleries partnered up to create backgrounds for production cels from Disney’s feature-length animated films. Some of these backgrounds resembled scenes from the movie, while others—like this Dumbo production cel—were very colorful and fantastical. The partnership ended in the late 1940s when interest in the art began to wane. Today, production cels paired with Courvoisier backgrounds are very rare, and very desirable amongst collectors. This beautiful production cel on Courvoisier background featuring Dumbo is beautifully framed (13” x 12”), and would make an exceptional addition to any animation collection. $2500 framed

    • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from 101 Dalmatians

      We have a beautiful, one of a kind production cel of Cruella de Vil used in the Walt Disney film, 101 Dalmatians. 101 Dalmatians debuted in 1961 and was an instant box office hit. Walt Disney adapted this story from Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalamatians.
      Actress Betty Lou Gerson served as the voice for Cruella. Directing Animator, Marc Davis, animated the Cruella de Vil cels. When designing Cruella with Bill Peet and Ken Anderson, Davis took additional inspiration from Betty Lou Gerson and women he knew personally who were “monsters” with “larger than life” personalities. Much of Cruella’s iconic looks came from Smith’s description, particularly her half white, half black hair do. Davis then exaggerated her appearance by drawing a tall, skinny body with a massive fur coat. The long cigarette Cruella is pictured holding in this cel was based off of one Davis owned himself. Cruella's performance in the film led her to become one of Disney’s iconic villains. This Cruella de Vil production cel is framed (16 1/2” x 13 1/2”). Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD

      • Original Walt Disney Production Drawing from Beauty and the Beast

        This fantastic production drawing is from Walt Disney’s 1991 animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast. The film is based on the the French fairy tale La Belle et la Bete written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756. Walt Disney first attempted to adapt the French fairy tale in the 1930s and 1950s, but it wasn’t until after the success of The Little Mermaid that the concept was successfully revisited. Nearly 600 animators, artists, and technicians worked on the animated feature. Animators used CAPS (Computer Animation Production System) to produce the film. The software allowed for animators to combine hand-drawn art with computer generated imagery.  The technology is shown off in Belle and the Beast’s dance sequence in the ballroom; the characters dance through a computer-generated ballroom while the camera moves around them in a simulated 3D space.  Disney Studios was initially resistant to computer animation, but the success the ballroom scene convinced executives to invest further in computer animation. Beauty and the Beast received critical acclaim when it was released in theaters; the film was nominated for Best Picture, and was awarded Best Original Song at the 64th Academy Awards.   This dramatic production drawing features both the Beast and Gaston, and is truly a part of Disney history. It measures 17" x 12 1/2" unframed, and is one of kind. $500 unframed

        • 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. SOLD