Monday, September 29, 2014

"But wait... There may be an antidote." - Cel of The Witch from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937

Original hand painted and hand inked production cel of the Witch with the poisoned apple on matching lithographic background from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 1937; Size - Witch 6 1/2 x 5 1/4", Image 9 1/2 x 13 1/4", Frame 29 x 20 1/4"; Framed with a black and gold wooden frame, three suede acid free mats, and UV conservation clear Museum Perfect glass.

Alternate view with mats of the Witch production cel

Image of the Witch cel that I was shown prior to purchase 

Witch cel showing full sheet and peg holes

The Evil Queen in "Snow White" is only on screen for a little over 20 minutes and then she transforms into the Old Had or Witch.  The Witch gets a lot more screen time, so there are more Witch cels/drawings than there are Queen; which accounts for why Evil Queen production art generally has higher prices.  Through the years I have met collectors who prefer collecting the Witch over the Queen and vice versa.  In looking for cels and drawings of the Witch, she has to be holding the poisoned apple; I mean it is just a must!  In this cel, she has just made the poisoned apple in her laboratory and realizes, "But wait... There may be an antidote."

The voice of the Queen was provided by Lucille Leverne and she also wanted to read for the part of the Witch.  Leverne was a veteran stage actress and was perfect for the Queen, with a real regalness to her voice.  When she was in the sound booth and Walt Disney heard her reading the role of the Witch, he stopped her and said that her voice just did not work for that role.  Lucille said to just wait one minute and left the sound booth and then quickly returned and started the reading again.  Now her voice had changed to that wonderful raspy, gummy, and single toothed sounding Witch.  Disney was amazed and asked how she had managed to get that perfect character voice, and Lucille replied, "Oh, I just took out my false teeth."

Framed production cel of the Witch with the poisoned apple

To see the image of this cel in the film, just click on the short video below: