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  • 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. Call for value

    • 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

      • Original Walt Disney Production Drawing featuring Snow White

        Released in 1937, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is 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 was certainly taking 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 similar to that of one 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.  This beautiful original production drawing of Snow White is truly one of a kind, and a piece of animation history! 12" x 10" unframed.$1,150 unframed

        • Original Walt Disney Production Cel On Courvoisier Background Featuring Snow White

          In 1938, following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney paired with Guthrie Courvoisier to market the animation art used in Disney’s first film. Courvoisier, an established San Francisco art dealer, considered the finely-drawn Disney cels as works of art, and saw their strong potential in the art market. Twenty Disney artists from the Studio’s animation department were employed to paint mock backgrounds that were then paired with the original cels that were consigned to the Courvoisier Gallery. While some of the backgrounds were reminiscent of scenes from the movie, others – like this production cel featuring Snow White – mimicked wood grain. These backgrounds became known as Courvoisier Backgrounds. The art was sold at the Courvoisier Gallery; sales were so successful that the partnership was extended to include the next Disney  film, Pinocchio. Although Disney continued to consign cels with Courvoisier following Pinocchio, the Gallery used their own background artists. 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 Snow White is beautifully framed, and would make an exceptional addition to any animation collection. 26” x 26” framed. $6,750 framed

          • Original Walt Disney Production Cels on Master Production Background from Peter Pan

            This incredibly rare production cel set up on master production background is from Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1953), and features both Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. The cel of Peter appears at the beginning of the movie, in the Darling children's bedroom; in the scene, Peter scratches his head because he can't figure out girls-- like Wendy.  The background appears later in the movie, with the darling children marching through the Lost Boys hideout.  On Peter's knee is the cel of Tinkerbell.  The Disney Art Props Department-- the studio department in charge of putting together these cel setups after completion of a film-- has enhanced the scene for presentation by painting pixie dust over Peter, Tink, and the background.  Tinker Bell's wings have been likewise added by hand by a Disney Art Props Department artist.  The cels of Peter and Tink have been trimmed to the outline of the figures as was customary when the Disney Studio prepared these cel setups for display.  The cel is in the original Disney Studio mat, which has the original Walt Disney stamp of authenticity. This is an amazing piece of animation history, and would make a great addition to any collection! 22" x 20" framed. SOLD