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  • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from Lady and the Tramp featuring Si and Am

    Some things just don’t age well. That’s what you have to keep in mind any time you go back and rewatch a movie you loved long ago–and it’s definitely true of a lot of Disney’s films. That’s just the name of the game when you’ve been creating animation for over 90 years.

    The Siamese cat, as canonical as it is controversial, has developed a legacy in American cinema for embodying racist stereotypes about Asians and Asian Americans — most notably through the Siamese duo Si and Am of Lady and the Tramp. 

    Si and Am, both voiced by Peggy Lee, are Aunt Sarah's twin Siamese cats and minor antagonists. Their names combined make “Siam," the former name of the Kingdom of Thailand, referencing the cats' heritage and the name of the country. These two characters have been cited as Asian stereotypes because of their squinty eyes and bucked teeth (or in their cases, fangs). These features have been altered in the sequel and House of Villains. 

    The pair are responsible for conspiring to trick the human characters into thinking gentle cocker spaniel Lady is dangerous. Si and Am move in perfect symmetry and they have no individuality. Their innocent blue eyes bend into a sinister glare. They are domesticated, though nevertheless propelled by their mischievous nature to deceive and intimidate.

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    • Original Walt Disney Production Cels (3) on Hand Painted Pan Background from The Aristocats featuring Scat Cat and Alley Cats

       

      Aristocats was the last project Walt Disney green-lighted before his death in 1966, and it was a delightful one at that! The highlight of this jazz-infused adventure is the toe-tapping song "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat."

      One night, Thomas O'Malley brings Duchess and her three tired kittens to his run-down old house. As they get closer, jazz music can be heard coming from inside the pink-lit house. As the party ramps up, Scat Cat and the alley cats all jump up and down on the piano as they sing “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat!” They get so wild that the floor caves in, and the whole piano falls through the floor. But nothing can stop the Alley cats from jamming out to their favorite tune.They continue to party, sing and dance as they fall down the whole house, floor by floor.

      Scat Cat was originally written for Louis Armstrong and was originally named Satchmo Cat. Everything from the gap in his teeth to the way he played the trumpet was based on the singer. Unfortunately Louis Armstrong became ill and was unable to voice the character. Scatman Crothers was offered the role and they renamed him "Scat Cat."

      These large vertical pan production cels on hand painted custom background measure 19 x 25” inches tall. The bright pink piano measures 11 inches tall. Own a piece of animation history today! SOLD.

      • Original Walt Disney Production Cel from The Little Mermaid featuring Ariel

        "Who says that my dreams have to stay my dreams?” - Ariel

        Brave, beautiful, and bold; Ariel is an independent, headstrong and determined young mermaid. She first captured our hearts in the 1989 classic “The Little Mermaid” and continues to be a Walt Disney fan favorite.

        Ariel was the first of the modern princesses and greatly influenced the princesses that followed her including Belle, Jasmine and Pocahontas. She set the tone of the new Disney princess who was a little more rebellious and outspoken. Blogger and fan Michella Domenici says “Even without her voice, even in a world that is nothing like hers, Ariel doesn’t change who she is. She’s out of her element, but doesn’t try to blend in, or minimize her personality. Ariel is wholly herself, on both sea and land, and I think her self-confidence makes her a great role model for girls.”

        However the original leading ladies, Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora also inspired generations. Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel, also grew up with Disney Princesses as role models. “I grew up with 'Cinderella.' So that was my go-to Disney film, definitely. It was princess-related, and coming from a smaller area in Illinois and wanting to do something greater than myself in Broadway, that was a film that I could really relate to.” 

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        • Disney Animation Art Limited Edition Cel, "Bare Necessities"

          The original limited edition cel  “Bare Necessities” features the most fun-loving bear in Disney history: Baloo!

          Allegedly, Walt Disney chose Phil Harris to voice Baloo after meeting him at a party. However, when asked to do a test for The Jungle Book Harris said "I don't do voices.” Walt Disney did not give up. “They kept calling and saying, ‘You know, Phil, [Walt Disney] really wants you for this movie,” Harris recalled. 

          The start of his first day back in the recording studio didn’t go so well. Phil Harris found Baloo’s tone wooden and boring, so he asked if he could try a little improvisation. Once given the go-ahead, he began to have some fun. "I came out with something like, 'You keep foolin' around in the jungle like this, man, you gonna run across some cats that'll knock the roof in." Harris said. Walt Disney loved Baloo’s new personality and rewrote lines to suit the style.

          Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston wrote in their book The Illusion of Life: "When Walt heard Phil's test track he loved it, even to the point of starting to act out how the bear would come dancing into Mowgli's scene . . . When you think of Phil Harris, you think of rhythm and finger-snapping and moving to the beat, and that's the kind of thing we were looking for."

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          • Original Walt Disney Production Cel on Production Background Featuring Cinderella

             

            Walt Disney's classic  "Cinderella" is turning 70 in 2020! What is it, exactly, that makes Cinderella such a timeless character? The story goes so far back through so many cultures that no one actually knows where or when it began.

            Mary Walsh, the managing director of the Animation Research Library at Walt Disney Animation Studios said “When you're talking about this film being almost 70 years old and what are the aspects of it that make it endure even in today's world, I think Cinderella, as a character, her ability to persevere and to be resilient, and to still be kind and respectful to people even though she was faced with a lot of challenges, I think a lot of us go through that today…That optimism, I think is so important. I think that's one of the reasons it stays with us, along with the beautiful artistry of the film.”

            Critic Craig Butler said, "Ilene Woods makes a marvelous Cinderella, her voice a combination of girlishness and sophistication; she also possesses a serenity and assurance which makes one feel she is more in control of her life than might be guessed by her surroundings.” At the time of actress Irene Woods' death, Charles Solomon told the Los Angeles Times, "one of the things about her performance is the warmth she gave the character. As soon as she began to speak, her voice meshed with Marc Davis' animation to create a heroine you liked instantly."

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