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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Original Production Animation Cel of Peter Pan from "Peter Pan," 1953


Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Peter Pan from "Peter Pan," 1953; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 103 in ink lower right; Set over a hand prepared custom background; Size - Peter Pan: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4", Image 10 x 12"; Unframed.

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"Well, well. A codfish on a hook." - Peter Pan

The author J. M. Barrie first used Peter Pan as a character in a section of the adult novel "The Little White Bird" in 1902. He returned to that character with his stage play entitled "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," which premiered in London on December 27, 1904. The play ran until 1913, and it was later adapted by Walt Disney for the animated feature film entitled, "Peter Pan," in 1953.

The main character of Peter Pan was animated by Milt Kahl and Eric Larson. Kahl did the majority of the animation sequences with Larson working mainly on the flying to London sequence, as well as some animation work on both Wendy Darling and Captain Hook.
 
Milt Kahl was not very excited about his assignment for Peter Pan. He had to animate both Peter Pan and Wendy Darling; two characters that had to be handled like real human beings and therefore would be a great challenge. “Peter was interesting in that you had to make him fly but after that was over he became a chore,” said Kahl. "Peter Pan's" supervising animator, Ron Clements, remembered that for years Milt Kahl resented the fact that animator Frank Thomas was assigned the character of Captain Hook instead of him. It is interesting to note that Peter Pan is one of the most interesting male protagonists of the early Walt Disney films because he is very heroic, opinionated, and has a zeal for life. Kahl’s animation of him totally embraces those characteristics as well as his great grace, expert timing, all combined with a very appealing artistic design.


Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Peter Pan without the background.

Bobby Driscoll was the first actor Walt Disney ever put under contract, and was cast to play the lead character in the 1946 film "Song of the South." The film would introduce live action into an extensive animation based film. The film was very successful and turned Driscoll, and his co-star Luana Patten, into overnight child stars! The pair were even discussed for a special Academy Award as the best child actors of the year.

Driscoll went on to appear in a large number of specials and to star in some of The Walt Disney Company's most popular live-action pictures of that period, such as "So Dear to My Heart" in 1948, and in the role of Jim Hawkins in "Treasure Island" in 1950. This last role earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1953, he served as animation model and provided the voice for the title role in "Peter Pan," Driscoll's last major success. Driscoll was cast opposite Disney's "Little British Lady" Kathryn Beaumont, who was in the role of Wendy Darling. Driscoll was the model for all the close up Peter Pan scenes and the dancer and choreographer Roland Dupree was the model for the character's motion sequences. All the live action model scenes were played out on an almost empty sound stage with only the most essential props, and filmed for use by the animators.

This cel is from the scene at the end of Captain Hook's battle with Peter Pan inside of Skull Rock. The evil pirate is left dangling by his hook from the end of a rocky ledge, and Peter Pan says "Well, well. A codfish on a hook." and Captain Hook responds: "I’ll get you for this, Pan, if it’s the last thing I do!" A wonderful original production animation cel of Peter Pan; he is full figure, eyes and mouth open, has his dagger in his right hand, and he is flying! A great addition to any Walt Disney vintage animation art collection and from a wonderful action oriented battle scene from the film. The dialog for the scene is below:

Peter Pan: "Well, well. A codfish on a hook."
Captain Hook: "I’ll get you for this, Pan, if it’s the last thing I do!"
Peter Pan: (Hearing ticking) "I say, Captain, do you hear something?"
Captain Hook: "No! Oh! No!"

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Original Production Animation Cel of Mad Madam Mim With A Pig Face from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963


Original hand painted production animation cel of Mad Madam Mim with a Pig Face from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered 19 in ink lower right; Size - Madam Mim: 8 3/4" x 9 3/4", Image 10 1/2" x 14"; Unframed.


"Say, lad, did you know that I can make myself uglier yet?" - Mad Madam Mim
"Well, that would be some trick. Er, um, ah, I mean, uh..." - Wart
"Want to bet? Boo! You see? I win, I win!" - Mad Madam Mim
Why, boy, I've got more magic
in one little finger.
Now, don't tell me you've never
heard of the marvellous Madam Mim?

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=sword-in-the-s 
Why, boy, I've got more magic
in one little finger.
Now, don't tell me you've never
heard of the marvellous Madam Mim?

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=sword-in-the-stone-the

"The Sword in the Stone," 1963 is the 18th full length feature film produced by Walt Disney and it was released on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was based on the novel of the same name, that was first published in 1938. It was later republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White's tetralogy "The Once and Future King." It was to be the final Disney animated film released before Walt Disney's death on December 15, 1966. The songs in the film were written and composed by the Sherman Brothers, who would become very famous for their future work on later Disney films including; "Mary Poppins," 1964, "The Jungle Book," 1967, and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," 1971.

Madam Mim was the villain in the film and was voiced by Martha Wentworth, a veteran actress with a long radio history dating back to the 1920's. She was the voice of several Disney characters in "101 Dalmatians" including Nanny; and Mim was her final credited role. Madam Mim was animated by two of Disney's greatest animators Milt Kahl (who also designed the character, refining storyboard sketches from animator Bill Peet), and Frank Thomas. Kahl animated her first appearance in the film, her initial interaction with Arthur; while Frank Thomas oversaw her famous "Wizards' Duel" with Merlin.



Original production animation cel of Mad Madam Mim without the background.

This cel is from the first appearance of Mim and occurs when Wart (soon to be King Arthur, but at the moment having been transformed into a bird by Merlin), accidentally falls down Mim's chimney. When Mim finds out the Wart had been transformed into a bird by Merlin, she say, "Say, lad, did you know that I can make myself uglier yet?" Wart replies "Well, that would be some trick. Er, um, ah, I mean, uh..." Mim changes her face to that of a pig and says, "Want to bet? Boo! You see? I win, I win!" This is a wonderful cel of Madam Mim with a pig face; her green eyes are open, her purple hair is pulled back to the sides, and her wart covered pig nose face is uglier than normal! A great addition to any animation art collection!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Original Production Animation Cel of The Cheshire Cat from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951


Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of The Cheshire Cat set on a lithographic background from "Alice In Wonderland," 1951, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Cheshire Cat: 4 3/4 x 6 3/4", Image 10 x 12"; Unframed.

"Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe..." - Cheshire Cat

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (commonly shortened to "Alice in Wonderland"), is a 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Disney reworked the story to fit with both a younger audience and a time frame suitable for an animated film (it's run time is only 75 minutes).

Kathryn Beaumont, who was born in London England, was just 10 years old when she was chosen for the voice of Alice. Walt Disney personally cast Beaumont after seeing her in the film "On an Island with You," in which the child actress had a small role. Disney was so impressed by her that she was also chosen to be the model for Alice, and would also go on to provide the voice for Wendy in "Peter Pan," 1953. Beaumont has also reprised her voice acting role as Alice in two episodes of the animated series, Disney's "House of Mouse," and as both Alice and Wendy in the video game "Kingdom Hearts." She did not retire as the voice of Alice and Wendy until 2005, when her role for these two characters was taken over by Hynden Walch.


Original production animation cel of The Cheshire Cat without the background.

The Cheshire Cat is a major character in the film "Alice In Wonderland." He is a mysterious pink and purple striped cat, with a very mischievous personality, and a large wicked smile. He has the power to disappear at will and he can reshape his body to both amuse and frighten others. Like most inhabitants of Wonderland he is mad, but he admits to being such with pride. He was both designed and animated by the great Disney artist Ward Kimball and voiced by Sterling Holloway. Holloway had previously voiced Winnie The Pooh and Kaa the snake in "The Jungle Book."

This is a wonderful hand painted and hand inked original production animation cel of the Cheshire Cat. Original artwork of the Cat from "Alice" is very rare to the market, and this is an exceptional image. He is full figure, eyes open, and has his ever present Cheshire Cat smile, and the cel appears in the the Cat's first scene with Alice as he is singing the song "Twas Brillig." An absolutely stunning piece of vintage Walt Disney animation art and a great addition to any collection!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Original Production Animation Cels of Toby and Basil of Baker Street, Olivia Flaversham, & Dr. David Q. Dawson from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986


Original hand painted production animation cels of Toby and Basil of Baker Street, Olivia Flaversham, & Dr. David Q. Dawson set on a lithographic background from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986, Walt Disney Studios; Disney seal lower left; With original Walt Disney certificate; Size - Toby, Basil, Dawson, & Olivia: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"; Image: 11 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.

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Eve Titus wrote a series of stories about Basil of Baker Street; a mouse that lived next door to Sherlock Holmes and who shared many of his skills and traits. Walt Disney Studios adapted the Titus stories into a wonderful feature film that was still able to maintain the Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes characters, even though they were transformed into a mouse world. The famed actor Vincent Price was the voice of the film's villain, Ratigan; and the film has a very strong fan following. 


Original production animation cel of Toby without the background.


Original production animation cel of Basil of Baker Street, Olivia Flaversham, & Dr. David Q. Dawson without the background.


Close up of the Disney seal lower left.


Original Walt Disney certificate.

Toby, the basset hound, is one of the great Disney Dogs! He is lovable, fun, rolls on his back for scratching, and like all dogs works for food; specifically cheese crumpets. Toby is also obedient and being a hound dog, he is great at tracking. In this scene; Basil, Dr. Watson, and Olivia are off to track down the whereabouts of Olivia's father; and you can see them on Toby's back near his collar, with Basil holding onto the end of leash hook. This is an outstanding cel of Toby, he is full figure, eyes open, and he has his nose to the ground trying to pick up the scent of his prey. A fantastic contemporary cel setup, full of action, and just perfect for any animation art collection!

Original Production Animation Cels of Snow White and Two Birds from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937


Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Snow White and Two Birds from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937, Walt Disney Studios; Set on an airbrushed Courvoisier background; Partial Courvoisier label verso; Size - Snow White: 7 3/4 x 2 3/4", Image 10 1/2 x 6 1/2", Mat 18 1/2 x 14"; Matted in the original Courvoisier calligraphy titled and embossed ©WDE mat.


“Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.”
―The Magic Mirror describing Snow White

Development on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs began in early 1934, and by June Walt Disney announced to The New York Times the production of his first feature, to be released under Walt Disney Productions. 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. However, Disney hoped to expand his studio's prestige and revenues by moving into features, and he estimated that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs could be produced for a budget of $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, as well as his wife Lillian attempted to talk him out of it.  The Hollywood movie industry mockingly referred to the film, while is was in production, as "Disney's Folly."  Disney ended up having to mortgage his house to help finance the film's production, which would eventually ran up to a total cost of $1,488,422.74; an absolutely massive sum for a feature film in 1937!


Matted original production animation cels of Snow White and Two Birds.


Close up of the the original Courvoisier calligraphy title.


Close up of the embossed ©WDE mat.

A large number of actresses auditioned for the voice of Snow White. Walt Disney listened to each audition in his office while the actress performed in another room, without any knowledge of the actress' appearance or reputation. This would insure that he would only judge based on the sound of the voice. According to later accounts, most of the voices Disney felt, did not sound young enough. Eventually, in September of 1935, Adriana Caselotti was chosen for the voice of Snow White. Caselotti was eighteen at the time and made her coloraturo soprano sound younger, knowing that the character was intended to be 14 years old. In recording sessions Caselotti found difficulty in the line, "Grumpy, I didn't know you cared"; instead of "didn't", Caselotti was only able to say "din". After rehearsing the line many times, Walt Disney eventually said "Oh, the heck with..." and "din'" remained in the final film.

Snow White's design was supervised by Grim Natwick, an animator who had previously developed and worked on Betty Boop at Fleischer Studios. It is interesting to note that early designs for the Snow White resemble Betty Boop, and some appear to be caricatures of famous actresses of the time. As development continued, Snow White became more and more lifelike. Another animator, Hamilton Luske's first designs for Snow White depicted her as a slightly awkward, gangly teenager. However, Walt Disney had a different idea in mind; he wanted Snow White to be older, and more realistic-looking. This was achieved by the use of live-action references for the animators. Also, in order for Snow White to better relate onscreen to the seven Dwarfs, it was decided that her head be slightly larger than normal. In addition, the women in the animation studio's ink and paint department felt that Snow White's black hair was too unnatural and harsh, so they drybrushed whisps of light grey over the top of each and every cel.


Back of the matted original production animation cels of Snow White and Two Birds.


Close up of the partial Courvoisier label verso.

This particular cel setup is from one of the most memorable scenes in the film, when Snow White dressed in rags is at a well filling a wooden bucket with water. The scene begins when, Snow White talking to a group of white doves standing on the ledge of the well, says "Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell? We are standing by a wishing well." She quickly goes into the famous song, "I'm Wishing" with music and lyrics by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey. At the end of the song, when Snow White standing on the edge of the well is singing into the well and hearing her echo. Suddenly the Prince appears next to her singing the last word of the song, "Today." Snow White surprised, runs back into the Queen's castle, looks at her rag clothing, attempts to fix her hair, and then walks onto a balcony as the Prince concludes the song. This is an absolutely stunning setup, with Snow White standing almost eight inches tall, as she is preparing to walk onto the stone balcony. This is one the largest Courvoisier pieces I have ever offered for sale and would be a highlight to any vintage animation art collection!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Original Production Animation Cels of Lady and Tramp from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955


Original hand inked and hand painted production cels of Lady and Tramp set on a custom hand-painted background from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955, Walt Disney Studios; With a custom painted overlay cel of the tablecloth, spaghetti, candle, and breadsticks; Size - Lady and Tramp: 5 1/4 x 7", Image 10 3/4 x 15"; Unframed.

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"Oh, this is the night, it's a beautiful night, and we call it bella notte"  - Tony

"Lady and the Tramp" (released on June 22, 1955) is a full length featured animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was the 15th in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it was the first animated feature filmed in with the CinemaScope widescreen film process. The film was based on the story "Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog" by Ward Greene and tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family. Lady meets a male stray mutt named Tramp and they embark on many exciting and romantic adventures.

One evening in 1937, Disney storyman Joe Grant invited Walt Disney over to his house for dinner and ended up showed Disney a drawing he had made of his pet springer spaniel, who was named Lady. Walt loved the drawing and suggested that Joe make a storyboard out of it; which he did and the plan was to create a new animated film, simply titled "Lady." The story that was pitched ended up being too simplistic to Walt Disney's taste, and the project was put on hold until about 20 years later.

Lady was wonderfully animated by the great Disney artist Ollie Johnston and she was voiced by Barbara Luddy. Barbara Luddy (1908 — 1979) was an American actress from Great Falls, Montana and she starred in silent pictures in the 1920s. She was also a prolific radio performer; known for her performances on the long running radio show "The First Nighter Program" which aired from 1936 until 1953.

However, Luddy is perhaps best remembered for her voice work in Walt Disney animated films; with her most memorable role being that of Lady from Lady and the Tramp.  She also performed in Sleeping Beauty (voice of Merryweather), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (voice of Rover), Robin Hood (voice of both Mother Church Mouse and the Mother Rabbit), and the Winnie-the-Pooh featurettes (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) all of which she provided the voice for Kanga.
 
Initially Tramp was called Homer and although he was first conceived as Lady's suitor, he ended up as her ex-dog pound mate in the initial 1943 storyboard pitch. A few years after that version was scrapped, Walt Disney read a story called "Happy Dan the Cynical Dog" in Cosmopolitan Magazine and decided that this was they type of character that was needed to enhance the film. Although Walt wanted his new character to be called Tramp, the animators feared that audiences would take offense in such a name, due to the word's sexual connotations that had been popularized by the song "The Lady Is A Tramp." The animators first called the character Rags, then Bozo; before Walt insisted that that name Tramp would be acceptable.

Tramp is a very laid-back dog and acts more like a kid. He's flirtatious and has history of having had a multitude of girlfriends; and he's known for his street smarts, able to both avoid dog catchers and deal with junkyard dogs. However, he dreams about living with a family and in a loving home. Tramp was animated by Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, and Wolfgang Reitherman who animated the rat fight scene. Larry Roberts (1926 - 1992), an American voice actor and comedian who was most active in the 1950s, is best remembered for his role as the voice of Tramp.

Although the spaghetti eating sequence is the best known in the entire film, Walt Disney was prepared to cut it; because he thought it would look both silly and not be romantic. However, animator Frank Thomas was against Walt's decision and took it upon himself to animate the entire scene, without the use of lay-outs. Walt was so impressed by Thomas's work, that he kept the scene in the film.

The spaghetti scene is usually referred to as the "Bella Notte" scene because of the romantic love song "Bella Notte" that is first sung by a chorus in the opening credits; and then by Tony and Joe while Lady and Tramp eat spaghetti together while on a romantic, moonlit date. The song was written by Peggy Lee and Sony Burke, and has become an iconic love song. The animated spaghetti sequence is one of the most unforgettable Disney moments ever created.

This is a large and wonderful original production animation cel setup of Lady and Tramp from the famous "Bella Notte" scene. Lady and Tramp are sitting at Tony's specially set table, with the plate of Joe prepared spaghetti in front of them. Both dogs are eyes open; with Tramp having spaghetti hanging from his mouth and Lady with a beautiful smile. This is just a stunning piece of animation history and certainly would be the highlight for any animation art collection!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Original Production Animation Cel of Winnie The Pooh and Tigger from "Winnie The Pooh and The Blustery Day," 1968


Original hand painted production animation cel of Winnie The Pooh and Tigger set on a lithographic background from "Winnie The Pooh and The Blustery Day," 1968; Walt Disney Studios; With original Walt Disney Art Corner label sticker verso; Size - Winnie The Pooh & Tigger: 5 x 7", Image 7 3/4 x 9 3/4", Mat 12 x 14"; Single matted.

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"Who are you?" - Tigger
"I'm Pooh." - Pooh
"Oh, Pooh, sure. What's a Pooh?" - Tigger
"You're sitting on one." - Pooh
"I am? Oh, well, glad to meet you! I'm new around here name's Tigger. T I double Ga eR. That spells Tigger." - Tigger

"The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh," 1977 was composed of a series of featurettes Disney produced based upon the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. Walt Disney wanted to introduce the public to the Pooh characters slowly over time and the released featurettes include, "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," 1966, "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day." 1968, and "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too," 1974. For the full length film in 1977, extra material was added and used to link the three featurettes together. A fourth, shorter featurette was added at the end of the film and was based on the final chapter of "The House at Pooh Corner."

Wolfgang Reitherman began working for Walt Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of early classic Disney shorts and Reitherman worked on Disney feature films produced from 1937 to 1981, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (animating the Slave in the Magic Mirror) up to "The Fox and the Hound," where he served as the co-producer for the film. Beginning with 1961's "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," "Woolie" (as he was called by friends) served as Disney's chief animation director.

One of Reitherman's productions, the 1968 short "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day," won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. In addition, all three of Reitherman's sons — Bruce, Richard, and Robert provided voices for Disney characters. Bruce Reitherman was the voice for Christopher Robin in "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree."


Matted original production animation cel of Winnie The Pooh and Tigger.


Back showing the original Art Corner label.

Winnie The Pooh was animated by veteran Walt Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston and was voiced by Sterling Holloway. Halloway had a long and distinguished career with Disney and not only provided the voice for Winnie The Pooh, but the Cheshire Cat from "Alice In Wonderland," Kaa from "The Jungle Book," Roquefort from "The Aristocats," and many more characters!

Tigger is one of the most loved characters in the Walt Disney pantheon! It is practically impossible to find anyone who does not love him. In the case of the Pooh stories, there were no real Villains; the closest thing would be Rabbit, who was the main antagonist. However, Tigger was simply fun loving and without question had some the best lines such as "The name's Tigger! T-I-double-guh-ER! That spells Tigger!" Tigger also has one of the best songs, "The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers."

Tigger was animated by one of the greatest Disney animators ever, Milt Kahl and voiced by Paul Winchell. Winchell was a ventriloquist, actor, and comedian who would later  provide the voice of Gargamel and Dick Dastardly. Winchell appeared in acting roles on numerous TV shows from the 1950's on through the 1970's. What many people do not know is that Paul Winchell, who had some medical training and was also an inventor; became the first person to build and patent a mechanical artificial heart which was implantable in the chest cavity. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for all of his work in television.

"Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day," 1968 is a film that combined live-action and hand painted cel animation. It was released by The Walt Disney Company, directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, and was based on the third, fifth, ninth, and tenth chapters of the book "Winnie-the-Pooh" by A. A. Milne. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1968. Music and lyrics were written by the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman); with background music provided by Buddy Baker. Sterling Holloway provided the voice of Winnie The Pooh and Ralph Wright was the voice of Eeyore.

This is a spectacular cel of both a bouncy Tigger and Winnie The Pooh. Pooh had been kept awake by wind and strange sounds outside his house and opens his door, still in his night shirt and sleeping cap, to find Tigger. This is Tigger's first appearance on film and both characters are full figure. The cel occurs after Tigger bounces Pooh for the very first time and the diaolgue it below:

"Who are you?" - Tigger
"I'm Pooh." - Pooh
"Oh, Pooh, sure. What's a Pooh?" - Tigger
"You're sitting on one." - Pooh
"I am? Oh, well, glad to meet you! I'm new around here name's Tigger. T I double Ga eR. That spells Tigger." - Tigger
This is hands down the finest original cel of Pooh and Tigger I have ever offered for sale, an absolutely beautiful piece of animation art, and is perfect for any collection!