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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Original Production Animation Cel of Mad Madam Mim from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963


Original hand painted production cel of Mad Madam Mim from "The Sword In The Stone," 1963; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Madam Mim: 7 3/4" x 6 1/4", Image 10" x 11 1/2"; Unframed.

"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.


Close up of the Mad Madam Mim production cel.

Madam Mim was the villain in the Walt Disney 1963 film "The Sword In The Stone," based on T. H. White's novel by the same name. Mim was voiced by Martha Wentworth a veteran actress with a long radio history dating back to the 1920's. She was the voice of several Disney characters in "101 Dalmatians" including Nanny; and Mim was her final credited role. Madam Mim was animated by two of Disney's greatest animators Milt Kahl (who also designed the character, refining storyboard sketches from animator Bill Peet), and Frank Thomas. Kahl animated her first appearance in the film, her initial interaction with Arthur; while Frank Thomas oversaw her famous "Wizards' Duel" with Merlin.


Photograph showing the Madam Mim cel without the background.

This is a large image of Mad Madam Mim, she is over seven inches tall with both eyes open. The pose is just wonderful with a wicked smile and her hands conveying an evil plot about to be hatched.