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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel featuring Peter Pan and Wendy

    We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney production cel featuring Peter Pan and Wendy.

    The decision to bring an animated version of Peter Pan to the big screen stems from Walt’s own childhood. Disney broke his piggy bank to get the money for tickets to the performance starring actress Maude Adams. He remembered the performance fondly and later asked her to look at an early reel of his version of Peter Pan. Walt went on to play Peter Pan in a school production. He recalled his brother Roy using a rope to hoist him up over the stage to make it look like he was flying.“No actor ever identified himself with the part he was playing more than I,” he said.

    At the time, Disney animation studios were still recovering from WWII and returning to the productions of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. One review written in 1953 praised the studio for returning to “line characters” and creating a “delightful entertaining film that will appeal to the young and not-so young alike.”

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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