Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kaa Original Production Cel Setup from "The Jungle Book," 1967

Original hand painted production cel of Kaa from "The Jungle Book," 1967; Numbered 14 lower right; Together with a hand painted production cel of hanging vines and grasses; Set on a hand prepared background; Size - Kaa: 4 1/2" x 4", Image 10 1/2" x 15"; Mat 16 1/2" x 21"; Double matted.

Kaa, which means "snake" in Hindi, is a python who is almost always hungry and is known for being persuasive and tricky. He lives mainly in the upper limbs of trees and has the ability to hypnotize other creatures through eye contact. Kaa is often seen pursuing Mowgli, in an attempt to devour the man-cub, and he was animated by both Frank Thomas and by Milt Kahl.

Close up of the Kaa cel.

Kaa was the second character who was originally voiced by Sterling Holloway, the first being Winnie-the-Pooh. Holloway's voice is just so wonderful in tone and pitch, and it is hard to imagine any other person doing the character justice. Kaa is very similar to another snake character, Sir Hiss from "Robin Hood". The two share several traits as both use hypnosis, and both suck up to the film's main antagonist (Shere Khan in Kaa's case, and Prince John in Sir Hiss's case). Exceptions are that they are different colors, sizes, and Sir Hiss wears a cape and hat.

Double matted two cel setup of Kaa.

This is a great cel of Kaa, both of his eyes are open and he is displaying his red forked tongue. This cel is from the first appearance of Kaa in the film, and the sequence was animated by Frank Thomas. In addition to the cel of Kaa there is an original hand painted overlay cel of hanging vines and grasses. The two cel setup has been placed on a hand prepared background and is impressive in size; being 10 1/2" x 15"!  The entire setup is double matted.

Entire Kaa setup with the mats removed.