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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Aristocats featuring Duchess

    We are pleased to offer an  original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Aristocats featuring Duchess. Originally slated to be a two-part live-action series on The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt himself decided it was a story better told with animation. It also would have been a task to keep the kittens Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse in place while filming!

    The Aristocats featured a star-studded cast of Disney favorites. Eva Gabor was the speaking voice for Duchess while the singing vocals were performed by Robie Lester, who also sang for Gabor’s Bianca in The Rescuers. Disney Legend Phil Harris is the man behind the voice of Thomas O’Malley and Baloo in The Jungle Book. The film also included famed voice actor Sterling Holloway, known for being the original voice of Winnie the Pooh, as Roquefort.

    Sadly, Disney died before he could see it through. As such, it’s the last movie to end with the line, “A Walt Disney Production.” Though some critics thought the loss of Walt’s direction hurt the movie, The New York Times raved about it, saying, “Bless the Walt Disney organization for The Aristocats, as funny, warm and sweet an animated, cartoon, package as ever gave a movie marquee a Christmas glow.”

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    • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from 101 Dalmatians featuring Lucky

      We are pleased to offer an  original Walt Disney Production Cel on color copy background from One Hundred and One Dalmatians featuring Lucky.

      One Hundred and One Dalmations broke the rules. It has just a single song, for instance, and uses experimental animation that gave the film a more sketched appearance. Still, the essential elements are all in place: talking animals, an evil witch (albeit a contemporary one), detailed supporting characters and the family unit triumphing over adversity. 

      Ralph Novak of People wrote "What it lacks in romantic extravagance and plush spectacle, this 1961 Disney film makes up for in quiet charm and subtlety. In fact, if any movie with dogs, cats and horses who talk can be said to belong in the realm of realistic drama, this is it.”

      Speaking of talking dogs, if you look closely during the Twilight Bark scene, you’ll spot a few canines from Lady and the Tramp: Jock, Peg, Bull, Lady, and the Tramp (in silhouette). In this scene, we see the puppy Lucky. Even though Perdita gave birth to 15 puppies, the only names noted in the film were Lucky, Rolly, Patch, Penny, Pepper, and Freckles.

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      • Original Walt Disney Production Cel From Sleeping Beauty featuring Maleficent

        Released on January 29, 1959, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is celebrating 60 years of timeless characters, magnificent music of the classical kind, and dazzling animated artistry. We are pleased to offer an original  Walt Disney Production Cel From Sleeping Beauty featuring Maleficent.

        In an unusual design role, animator Marc Davis not only was the directing animator of the royally beautiful Briar Rose, he was also the artistic force behind the epitome of evil, Maleficent. Inspired by a religious painting from a Czechoslovakian art book, Davis artistically experimented with flamelike shapes and patterns of triangular color. Basing Maleficent’s headdress on goat horns and the material framing her face on bat wings, the artist gave her flowing garment a reptilian quality, foreshadowing the dragon into which the Evil Fairy will later transform herself.

        Sleeping Beauty played only in carefully selected movie theatres specially equipped to project the film in widescreen Technirama 70 and six-track-stereo sound. It has since become one of the most artistically acclaimed features ever produced. “Sleeping Beauty is the most beautiful film we have ever made,“ said Walt in 1959. “It has been a definite challenge but thanks to our talented staff of artists and technicians, it has been met. They have now developed the process of animation to the point where it can truly be called ‘the art of enlivened, moving painting.’”

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        • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Little Mermaid featuring Ariel

          We are pleased to offer an  Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Little Mermaid featuring Ariel.

          In this scene, Ariel sneaks up to the ship passing by and sees Prince Eric for the first time. She smiles dreamily and hopefully as Eric explains that he hasn’t found the right girl to marry yet. “Well, she’s out there somewhere…I just, just haven’t found her yet.”

          This line almost perfectly describes Jodi Benson’s rise from unknown actress to iconic star of a major Disney motion picture. While Benson had never been in a movie, she appeared on Broadway in Smile, written by Howard Ashman. The production closed quickly, and Ashman, feeling guilty, gave all the women who’d been in the play a rare opportunity to try out for a Disney movie he was co-producing. Benson handed in her reel-to-reel voice audition with all the other girls' and waited a whole year before learning she’d landed the part of Ariel.

          Producer Howard Ashman stayed in the booth with Benson while she was recording. It’s rare for a director or producer to sit inside the glass booth with a voice artist while he or she records vocal tracks, but Ashman wanted his young star to inhabit Ariel as perfectly as possible. Howard had to sneak around while directing her from inside the booth so the microphone wouldn't pick up his movements. Jodi Benson reportedly even recorded the song in the dark in order to simulate the feeling of being underwater!

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          • Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Key Production Cels on a Pan Production Background

            We are pleased to offer these original Key Production Cels on a Pan Production Background from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In this energetic scene, Grumpy, Doc and the forest animals are racing home to stop Snow White from being tricked by the Witch into eating the poison apple.

            Before Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Disney studio had been primarily involved in the production of animated short subjects in the Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies series. Disney hoped to expand his studio's prestige and revenues by moving into features, and estimated that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs could be produced for a budget of US$250,000; this was ten times the budget of an average Silly Symphony.

            Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was to be the first full-length cel animated feature in motion picture history, and as such Walt Disney had to fight to get the film produced. Both his brother and business partner Roy Disney and his wife Lillian attempted to talk him out of it, and the Hollywood movie industry referred to the film derisively as "Disney's Folly" while it was in production. He had to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which eventually ran up a total cost of $1,488,422.74, a massive sum for a feature film in 1937

            As we now know, the risk paid off! The film was a tremendous critical and commercial success, with many reviewers hailing it as a genuine work of art, recommended for both children and adults. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs saw worldwide earnings of $8 million during its initial release and briefly assumed the record of highest-grossing sound film.

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