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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Original Production Animation Cels of Drizella and Anastasia Tremaine from "Cinderella," 1950


Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cels of Drizella and Anastasia Tremaine set on a lithographic background from "Cinderella," 1950, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered C-17 and 85 in ink bottom right; Size - Drizella: 7 1/2 x 2 1/2", Anastasia: 6 1/2 x 4 1/4"; Both cels 12 1/2 x 15 1/4", Image 10 3/4 x 14 1/2"; Unframed.

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The 1950 Walt Disney feature film "Cinderella" was based on the French version of the tale by Charles Perrault, entitled "Cinderella" and written in 1698. The film was the second in the series of great Princess films developed by Disney, the first being Snow White in 1937. The character of Cinderella is usually front and center in the pantheon of Disney Princess merchandise, perhaps because she is the only Princess not to be of a noble blood line who ended up marrying a Prince and becoming royalty.


Close up of the original production animation cel of Anastasia.


Close up of the original production animation cel of Drizella.

The story of Cinderella presented a situation where a villain lived and interacted with her victim day after day under the same roof. The actions of Cinderella's wicked Stepmother seemed even more cruel because not only were both she and Cinderella animated in a very realistic fashion; but because of the close proximity the cruelness of the villain could be seen, as even more intense, by the reactions on Cinderella's face. If all this were not enough, the Stepmother's arsenal of evil was compounded by her two ill mannered daughters Anastasia and Drizella; as well as Lucifer the cat, who delighted in trying to kill Cinderella's mouse friends.

Both Drizella and Anastasia Tremaine are very selfish, spoiled, and greedy; just like their mother, Lady Tremaine. All three are very jealous of Cinderella's success and beauty, and each enjoys seeing her slave away inside of the Tremaine household. Both sisters are portrayed as ugly both inside and out, and each tries to make Cinderella's life miserable in every way possible.


Original production animation cel of Drizella without the background.


Close up of the production number.

Drizella has a slender figure, fair skin, black eyes, and shoulder-length, dark brown hair with rolled locks on the back. She appears in a long short-sleeved dress of different shades of yellow, chartreuse, and light green; complete with matching yellow flats. In the ballroom scene and after ripping apart Cinderella's pink dress along with her sister Anastasia, Drizella wears a dress of different shades of green with cyan frill outlines, and has a single teal feather on her head. She also has large feet, as evidenced by her attempt at trying on Cinderella's glass slipper nearing the end of the film. She was animated by Ollie Johnston and voiced by Rhonda Williams.


Original production animation cel of Anastasia without the background.


Close up of the production number.

Anastasia has a slender figure, fair skin, long red hair, and black eyes. She wears a long short-sleeved gown composed of different shades of pink and magenta with matching purple flats. Her long red hair is tied in several ringlets and she wears a golden hair clip. Anastasia was animated by Ollie Johnston and voiced by Lucille Bliss. Bliss also voiced the Sunflower and Tulip in "Alice In Wonderland," the commercial singer in "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," and is most remembered as the original voice of Smurfette in "The Smurfs."

This is a wonderful two cel setup of both of Cinderella's wicked stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia Tremaine. Both are full figure and dressed ready to attend the King's Royal Ball. A wonderful and rare set of original production cels from Walt Disney's classic film "Cinderella." A great addition to any animation collection!