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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mad Madam Mim & Wart As A Bird Cel From "The Sword In The Stone," 1963


Original hand painted production cel of Mad Madam Mim and Wart as a bird, from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963.  Numbered 92 lower right and set on a lithographic background; Triple matted; Size - Madam Mim and Wart as a Bird: 6 3/4" x 7 1/2", Image 11 1/4" x 15 1/4", Mat 14 3/4 x 17"; Matted.


Madam Mim was the villain in the Walt Disney 1963 film "The Sword In The Stone," based on T. H. White's novel by the same name.  Mim 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.


Photograph showing the entire cel and the number 92 lower right.

This cel is from the first appearance of Mim, animated by Kahl; 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.  In order to impress Wart and prove she is more powerful a wizard than Merlin, Mim sings the "Mad Madame Mim Song."  After her song Mim realizes the if Merlin had become involved with this bird it must be good, which in Mim's book is bad.  Mim transforms into a cat and chases Wart around the room and finally catches him.  Once caught, she sits down and transforms back into herself. This cel is when she says, "Why you devil, you!"  This is a wonderful cel of Mim, she is full figure with her eyes and mouth open; as well as a great image of Wart transformed into a Sparrow, with his right eye open as well as his beak!


Close up of the Mim and Wart Cel.

To view the scene which this cel was used to create, click on the short video below: