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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Original production cel of Professor Ratigan from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986



Original hand painted production cel of Professor Ratigan set on a lithographic copy of a non-production watercolor background that matches the scene from "The Great Mouse Detective," 1986; Numbered 7 and Disney seal lower right; Size - Ratigan: 6 3/4" x 6 1/2"; Image: 11" x 15".


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 without the background.

This is a wonderful very large, eyes 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 clutching his hands together and he has a very evil smile.  He is getting ready to reveal to Hiram Flaversham his kidnapped daughter, Olivia who has just been kidnapped by his bat henchman Fidget.  "Allow me to present your charming daughter," Ratigan says.  He measures an incredible 6 3/4" x 6 1/2", and is placed over a lithographic copy of a painted watercolor background that matches the scene from the film.


Full Ratigan cel showing reinforced peg holes, Walt Disney seal, and production number.

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