Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shere Khan Original Production Cel From "The Jungle Book," 1967

Original hand painted production cel of Shere Khan from "The Jungle Book," 1967; Still sealed in the original Walt Disney Art Corner Mat; Minor paint lifting, some paint stuck to background bottom lower left; Size - Shere Khan: 5 1/4" x 7", Image 6" x 8", Mat 10" x 12".

Shere Khan the tiger is the main antagonist in the 1967 Walt Disney film "The Jungle Book," an adaption of writer Rudyard Kipling's series of stories.  Khan was voiced by George Sanders, a veteran actor with a deep bass voice and a heavy British accent.  The choice of Sanders was perfect for Shere Khan who, in the film, seemed to adopt a British gentleman persona and used British phrases such as "Good show."

Milt Kahl, the great veteran Disney animator, was in charge of bringing Shere Khan to life and so of course Kahl set out on a crash course in tigers.  Kahl said in an interview: " I learned so much about tigers by studying them that I didn't have to rely on any life action crutch."  From Disney animator Andreas Dejas about the animation of Shere Khan, "Great perspective walk, and I love the way the tiger lies down, upper body first, then the rear.  The way he moves those front feet is worth studying alone.  Such great anatomy."

Matted Shere Khan cel

This is an absolutely wonderful cel of Shere Khan!  A great portrait image with both of his yellow eyes open, as well as his mouth showing off his very sharp teeth.  This is an Art Corner cel, still sealed in it's original mat with the Walt Disney sticker on the verso.  Art Corner was a retail shop located in Disneyland and sold original production cels.  Note: There is minor paint lifting and some paint stuck to background bottom lower left.

Back of the matted cel showing the original Walt Disney Art Corner label