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Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Allow me to present your charming daughter." - Ratigan Cel


Original hand painted production cel of Professor Ratigan set on a hand painted non-production watercolor background that matches the scene from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986; Disney seal lower right; Framed with a brown wood frame, three acid free mats, and UV conservation clear glass.


It took Disney way too long to finally cast veteran actor Vincent Price, known for his roles in horror films, in the role of the villain Ratigan.  Price had such a distinctive voice that had been used for so many horror and thrilling roles, so the casting just seemed to be overdue.  Ratigan was a character created by Eve Titus in 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.  Ratigan was a takeoff of Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes nemesis, and the character was brought to life by veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.


Close-up of Ratigan cel

This is a wonderful very large, eyes, and mouth open full figure original production cel of Professor Ratigan from the 1986 full length animated Walt Disney feature film "The Great Mouse Detective."  The evil Professor Ratigan is holding his cape up getting ready to reveal to Hiram Flaversham his kidnapped daughter, Olivia.  "Allow me to present your charming daughter," Ratigan says.  He measures an incredible 8" x 9 3/4", is placed over a custom hand painted watercolor background that matches the scene from the film, and the entire setup is museum framed.


Photograph of framed Ratigan cel.

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