Sunday, January 24, 2016

Original Production Animation Cel of Nana The Dog from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Nana The Dog over a lithographic background from "Peter Pan," 1953; Size - Nana The Dog: 6 1/4 x 6", Image 7 3/4 x 9", Mat 13 1/4 x 14 1/4"; Double matted.

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The author J. M. Barrie first used Peter Pan as a character in a section of the adult novel "The Little White Bird" in 1902. He returned to that character with his stage play entitled "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," which premiered in London on December 27, 1904. The play ran until 1913, and it was later adapted by Walt Disney for the animated feature film entitled, "Peter Pan," in 1953.

Nana is a Newfoundland breed of dog who is the nursemaid to the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Darling; Wendy, Michael, and John. Nana is the hard working member of the Darling family who is always tending to the children. She tucks them into their bed, gives them their medicine, and is constantly tidying up the nursery.

Double matted original production animation cel of Nana.

From veteran Walt Disney animator Andreas Deja:
"Nana, who acts like a nanny to the Darling children, is a minor, but terrific character nevertheless in the film Peter Pan. She is handled in a somewhat cartoony, but still believable way by animator Norm Ferguson. She walks like a real dog, yet is able to act out human like business like in the film still above. Because she doesn't talk, the animator had to get the character's emotions across through pantomime performances. Ferguson had been an expert in animating Pluto, so he was well equipped to take on an assignment like this one."

This is a wonderful full figure, eyes open original production animation cel of Nana. She is wearing her bonnet and is busy tidying up some wooden alphabet blocks in the Darling nursery. A rare and beautiful work of one of the most memorable dogs from Walt Disney's masterpiece, "Peter Pan."