Sunday, January 24, 2016

Original Production Animation Cel of the Pound Dogs - Toughy, Boris, and Pedro from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of the Pound Dogs - Toughy, Boris, and Pedro set on a lithographic line background from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955; Size - Pound Dogs: 7 x 8 3/4", Image 8 1/2 x 11 1/4"; Unframed.

"Lady and the Tramp" (released on June 22, 1955) is a full length featured animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was the 15th in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it was the first animated feature filmed in with the CinemaScope widescreen film process. The film was based on the story "Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog" by Ward Greene and tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family. Lady meets a male stray mutt named Tramp and they embark on many exciting and romantic adventures.

One evening in 1937, Disney storyman Joe Grant invited Walt Disney over to his house for dinner and ended up showed Disney a drawing he had made of his pet spinger spaniel, who was named Lady. Walt loved the drawing and suggested that Joe make a storyboard out of it; which he did and the plan was to create a new animated film, simply titled "Lady." The story that was pitched ended up being too simplistic to Walt Disney's taste, and the project was put on hold until about 20 years later.

Toughy, Boris, and Pedro original production cel showing the entire background and cel sheets.

The Pound Dogs (Toughy, Boris, and Pedro) are a group of dogs that are encountered by Lady when she is captured by the Dog Catcher and put into the Dog Pound. Toughy is a reddish-brown mutt and white mongrel. He has fur of different brownish and whitish tones and was voiced by Dallas McKennon. Boris is a tall, slender, gray Russian Wolfhound who has a dark gray tone in his ears, red eyes, black eyebrows, and long eyelashes; and was voiced by Alan Reed. Pedro is a small, slender brown Chihuahua with a darker brown tuft of fur on his head, short whiskers, long ears, and black eyebrows. He is silly, distracted, a bit childish, and speaks with a Mexican accent; and was also voiced by Dallas McKennon.

This is a rare and wonderful cel of the Pound Dogs: Toughy, Boris, and Pedro. All three dogs are eyes and mouths open, and the cel has been placed on a line background of the inside of the Dog Pound. A great Walt Disney original production animation cel of a group of memorable dogs from the classic film "Lady and the Tramp!"