Friday, May 6, 2016

Original Production Animation Cel of Tramp and the Professor from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955

Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cel of Tramp and the Professor set on a lithographic background from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Tramp and Professor: 5 3/4 x 4", Image 8 1/2 x 11 3/4"; Unframed.

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"He's not my dog." - The Professor

"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 Cynical 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.

Initially Tramp was called Homer and although he was first conceived as Lady's suitor, he ended up as her ex-dog pound mate in the initial 1943 storyboard pitch. A few years after that version was scrapped, Walt Disney read a story called "Happy Dan the Cynical Dog" in Cosmopolitan Magazine and decided that this was they type of character that was needed to enhance the film. Although Walt wanted his new character to be called Tramp, the animators feared that audiences would take offense in such a name, due to the word's sexual connotations that had been popularized by the song "The Lady Is A Tramp." The animators first called the character Rags, then Bozo; before Walt insisted that that name Tramp would be acceptable.

Original production animation cel of Tramp and the Professor without the background.

Tramp is a very laid-back dog and acts more like a kid. He's flirtatious and has history of having had a multitude of girlfriends; and he's known for his street smarts, able to both avoid dog catchers and deal with junkyard dogs. However, he dreams about living with a family and in a loving home. Tramp was animated by Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, and Wolfgang Reitherman who animated the rat fight scene.

Larry Roberts (1926 - 1992) was an American voice actor and comedian who was most active in the 1950s. Although he was well known for his role in the 1950s TV series "Lights, Camera, Action!" but he is best remembered for his role as the voice of Tramp.

The Professor, voiced by Dallas McKennon, was seen in the film after Tramp whispers his plan to Lady about how they were going to sneak inside the zoo. Tramp whistles, barks, and leaps into the arms of the Professor. An Irish cop notices Tramp and reprimands the Professor for bringing his dog into the zoo, when a sign at the entry clearly says "No Dogs Allowed." The Professor says "He's not my dog," but the cop does not believe him; and while the two argue Lady and Tramp sneak into the zoo.

This is a wonderful full figure original production animation cel of Tramp in the arms of the Professor. Tramp has both his eyes and mouth open, and the cel is from the scene when he jumped into the arms of a very surprised Professor. A great addition to any animation collection!

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