Saturday, November 21, 2015

Original Production Animation Cel of Wart Touching Excalibur from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963

Original hand painted production cel of Wart numbered 43 bottom right from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Wart (King Arthur): 7 x 7 1/2", Cel: 13 1/2 x 16 1/2"; Image 10 x 13 1/2"; Unframed.

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"The Sword in the Stone," 1963 is the 18th full length feature film produced by Walt Disney and it was released on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was based on the novel of the same name, that was first published in 1938. It was later republished in 1958 as the first book of T. H. White's tetralogy "The Once and Future King." It was to be the final Disney animated film released before Walt Disney's death on December 15, 1966. The songs in the film were written and composed by the Sherman Brothers, who would become very famous for their future work on later Disney films including; "Mary Poppins," 1964, "The Jungle Book," 1967, and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," 1971.

Wart production cel without the background.

Wart was animated by both Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston; and the voice was provided by three different actors; Rickie Sorensen, Richard Reitherman and his brother Robert Reitherman. This lead to noticeable changes in the character's voice between scenes. Also, the three voices all have Brooklyn-esque accents, which differed with the English setting for the film and with the accents spoken by all other characters.

It just doesn't get any better than this, Wart reaching up to touch the sword Excalibur just before he pulls it from the stone! This is an extremely rare original production full animation cel from the high point of the Walt Disney full length film, "The Sword In The Stone," 1963.

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