Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

2015 is finally (thankfully) upon us.  I, for one, couldn't be happier to see a new year.  Whew!  And to celebrate, enjoy this Don Williams New Year's Eve print from the Disney Cruise Line.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Animation Model Sheet 550-8006 - Peed's Dodo Suggestions

Well I'll be damned...a newly discovered model sheet.  How cool is that?  And this one is extra special, it mentions a specific artist by name!
That's right, this model sheet is specifically by Bill Peed (later Bill Peet) who was a story artist on Alice and did a lot of storyboard work on this and many other features before leaving the company in the late 1960s to pursue his solo career in children's books and illustration.  Boy that was a long sentence.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my faithful readers out there.  I promise to get back in the saddle in 2015 - after all it is the year of Alice, being the 150th anniversary of her publication.  Until then, enjoy this Christmas figurine from 1996.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cinerevue December 1951 from France - Holiday Cover

Beautiful Christmas cover on this issue of Cinerevue magazine from France in 1951.  Alice was released at Christmastime in France, and this was one of several Christmas themed Alice items from that part of the world.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Original Pan Background Auction Result

On Friday December 19th, 2014, Profiles in History held a major animation art auction in conjunction with the Van Eaton Gallery.  In it this beautiful pan background was sold for a whopping $65,000.00 + buyer's premium, totaling $81,250.00.
According to the auction listing:
In the feature, the camera pans across this spectacular master background of house and grounds, with a view of gardens, flowering forest beyond and incredible starry sky. Disney Studio created the pan cel for exhibition purposes. This set of originals was included in The Art of Animation exhibits shown in America, Europe and Japan in the 1950s into the early 1960s. The Art of Animation was the last major touring exhibition of Disney Studio art sponsored by the Disney Company. This artwork is also published on page 55 of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair book by John Canemaker.
While the auction says that the cel was created by the studio, one wonders why they got her legs wrong?

The auction had hundreds of amazing items, including many Alice cels, paintings and drawings.  The full catalog can be viewed here and here.

I was fortunate enough to acquire two items in this auction, more on those when they arrive after the holidays!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ed Wynn's 128th Birthday - Live Action Reference Photo A-SPEC-160C

Today is Ed Wynn's 128th birthday, born Nov 9, 1886.  He passed away only 6 months before Walt on Jun 16, 1966 at 80.
This live action reference photo is classic Ed Wynn and Mad Hatter.  I can just hear that thilly lithspy voice, can't you?

Monday, November 3, 2014

That Was a Much Longer Break Than I Had Intended

Wow.  Sorry about the 2-month break there folks, real life just has this annoying habit of getting in the way.  But with the holiday season rampaging towards us, I will try to have the odd post here and there, but probably won't be back into the full swing of things until the New Year.  Until then, here is a cool photo of NPH and his family for Halloween.

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