Monday, January 5, 2015

Production cel of Tigger and Rabbit from "Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too," 1974

Original hand painted production cel of Tigger and Rabbit set on a hand painted non-production watercolor background that matches the scene from "Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too," 1974; Framed with a gold wood frame, a gold wood fillet, two acid free linen mats, and UV conservation clear glass.

As a child, I loved the Disney character Tigger the most.  I have never met anyone who did not love Tigger, so I know that I am not alone.  My interest in animation has always been focused on Disney and most especially the Villains.  They were always the most interesting characters with some of the best lines in the films.  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."

"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."

In "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too," Rabbit was animated by the great Don Bluth and was voiced by Junius Matthews; a veteran radio actor who also voiced the owl Archimedes in the Disney film "The Sword In The Stone," 1963.  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.

Framed Tigger and Rabbit cel.

In this cel Rabbit, frustrated that Tigger had bounced him and in the process made a mess of his garden, had concocted a plan to lose Tigger deep in the forrest.  So Rabbit along with Pooh and Piglet, take Tigger on an exploration on a very foggy morning through the forrest of the Hundred Acre Wood.  Unfortunately Pooh, Piglet, and Rabbit become lost as the ever excited Tigger bounds far ahead deeper into the woods.  Pooh and Piglet find their way out of the woods but Rabbit is hopelessly lost.  Until Tigger bounces him, because as everyone knows, "Tiggers never get lost!"  This is an absolutely wonderful cel taken at the perfect time when Tigger is sitting on top of Rabbit, just after being bounced by him!

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