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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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        • 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