Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fidget the bat original production cel from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986

Original hand painted production cel of Fidget The Bat from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986; Numbered 73 and Disney seal lower right; Double Matted; Size - Fidget: 8" x 8 1/4", Mat 16 1/4" x 19 3/4".

Fidget the bat is the right hand henchman to the main villain of the film "The Great Mouse Detective," Professor Ratigan. Fidget the peg legged and one wing crippled bat 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.  Keane was also responsible for the character design for Ratigan's sidekick, Fidget.

Fidget was voiced by Candy Candido, the veteran radio performer who also had a long career at Walt Disney Studios.  He portrayed the Indian Chief in Peter Pan, one of Maleficent's goons in Sleeping Beauty, the Alligator Captain of the Guard in Robin Hood, Brutus and Nero in The Rescuers, the deep voiced escaped convict (Gus) in the Haunted Mansion attraction, and of course Fidget the peg-legged bat that would be his final role before his death.  Since Candido normally has a deep, croaky voice; his voice track had to be digitally sped up in order for Fidget to sound high-pitched.

Close-up of Fidget cel.

This is a wonderful very large, eyes and mouth open full figure original production cel of Fidget the bat and it is the nicest cel that I have ever seen of the character measuring an impressive " x " The cel is from the scene where Ratigan asks Fidget if he had forgotten anything on his list, and then Fidget realizes that he had forgotten something; the list!  The dialog from the scene where this cel is taken is below:

Ratigan: Ah, the uniforms! Oh, Fidget, I knew I could rely on you. Now, you didn't forget anything?
Fidget: No problem. I took care of everything. Everything on the list...
[tries to display the list but, to his amazement, the list is gone]

Double matted Fidget cel.

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