Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sheriff Of Nottingham Production Cel from "Robin Hood," 1973

Original hand painted production cel of the Sheriff Of Nottingham numbered 165 in ink lower right; Disney seal lower right; Placed on a hand prepared background from "Robin Hood," 1973; Double Matted; Size - Sheriff Of Nottingham 7 1/4 x 6 3/4", Image 9 1/2 x 13 1/2", Mat 15 x 19 1/4".

All the characters in Disney's version of "Robin Hood" were played by animals.  The villains of the film consisted of Prince John who was a lion, Sir Hiss (no surprise) was a snake, and the Sheriff of Nottingham was a wolf.  Prince John was voiced by the great and deep voiced Peter Ustinov, Sir Hiss by Terry-Thomas (who's hissing speech was masterful), and both were animated by Ollie Johnston.

Sheriff of Nottingham cel with Disney seal and production number lower right.

The Sheriff of Nottingham was voiced by Pat Buttram and animated by Milt Kahl.  Pat Buttram's voice was just so wonderful and he had an extraordinary career.  He was Gene Autry's sidekick and I remember him as Mr. Haney in the television show "Green Acres."  He voiced several characters for Disney Studios but my favorites were Napoleon the hound dog in "The Aristocats" and of course the evil and cruel Sheriff of Nottingham.  Milt Kahl was just a masterful animator and the Sheriff's facial movements, as well as his way of moving across the screen and interacting with other characters; was just wonderful.

Hand prepared background without the cel.

In this great cel setup of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he has just entered Friar Tuck's church looking for tax money.  The dialog is below:

[the Sheriff of Nottingham has just taken the only coin out of the church's Poor Box]
Friar Tuck: Now, just a minute, Sheriff! Th-th-th-that's the Poor Box!
Sheriff: It sure is, and I'll take it for poor Prince John. [chuckles] Every little bit helps.

The background for this cel is a hand prepared background and matches the scene in the film perfectly.  In addition, the cel and background are double matted.

Double matted Sheriff of Nottingham cel on hand prepared background.

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