Sunday, January 8, 2017

Original Production Animation Cel of Pongo and Roger Radcliffe from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," 1961

Original hand painted production animation cel of Pongo and Roger Radcliffe from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," 1961, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker and custom engraved brass title plaque; Size - Pongo & Roger: 6 3/4 x 8 3/4", Image: 8 x 9 3/4"; Unframed.

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"Look, Pongo! Anita! Nanny! Fifteen! We still have fifteen!" - Roger Radcliffe

"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" ("101 Dalmatians"), is a 1961 full length animated feature film by Walt Disney Productions. It was adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same name. It stars Rod Taylor as the voice of Pongo and Cate Bauer as the voice of Perdita; with Betty Lou Gerson as the voice of the evil and villainous Cruella de Vil. The animation of all the characters from the film was quite extraordinary.

The film "Sleeping Beauty," 1959 was very expensive to make and it took a huge financial loss at the box-office; as a result, the Disney animation studio was considering closing. During the production of "Sleeping Beauty," Walt Disney told animator Eric Larson: "I don't think we can continue, it's too expensive." Because Disney's entire company was based on animation, he was looking for a way to continue with animation, and at the same time significantly reduce costs.

Original production animation cel of Pongo and Roger Radcliffe in the original Art Corner mat.

The animator Ub Iwerks had been experimenting with Xerox photography to aid in animation process. By 1959 he had modified a Xerox camera to transfer the drawings by the animators, directly onto animation cels. The process would preserve the spontaneity of the penciled drawings but eliminate the inking process, thus saving time and money. However, the limitation was that the camera was unable to deviate from a black scratchy outline, and the resulting cels lacked the fine lavish quality of hand inking.

One of the enormous benefits of the Xerox was that it was a tremendous help towards animating the spotted dalmatian dogs. According to famed animator Chuck Jones, Disney was able to complete the film for about half of what it would have cost if they had had to animate all the dogs and spots. To achieve the spotted dalmatians, the Disney animators envision the spot pattern as a star constellation. Once they had an "anchor spot," the next spot was placed into the pattern, and so on until the fully spotted dalmatian was achieved. All totaled, the film featured 6,469,952 spots, with Pongo having 72 spots, Perdita 68, and each puppy 32.

Original Art Corner Certificate sticker.

Pongo was animated by Ollie Johnston and voiced by Rod Taylor, who was an Australian TV an movie actor who appeared in over 50 films. Roger Radcliffe is the husband of Anita, owner, best friend, and "pet" to his Dalmatian dog Pongo. Roger was voiced by Ben Wright, an English actor in radio, film and television; who also was the voice of Rama, Mowgli's wolf father in "The Jungle Book," 1967 and Grimsby in "The Little Mermaid," 1989. The singing voice of Roger was performed by Bill Lee, who had a very long history of providing singing voices to many characters in Walt Disney films.

Custom engraved brass title plaque.

This is a wonderful original production animation cel of Pongo and Roger Radcliffe from the scene just after Roger is able to revive the fifteenth newborn dalmatian puppy. Both Roger and Pongo are eyes and mouth open, and both have big smiles on their faces. The newly revived newborn Dalmatian puppy is in yellow towel in Roger's left hand. The image is one of the most memorable in the entire film, and would certainly make a great addition to any animation art collection! The dialog from the scene is below: