Monday, October 27, 2014

Coachman drawing from "Pinocchio," 1940 - "I'm collecting stupid little boys."

Original production drawing of the Coachman from "Pinocchio," 1940

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The Coachman is possibly the most evil of all the Disney villains.  Unlike other villains who do not escape an ill fate: such as the Evil Queen who is struck by lighting, falls off a cliff, and is smashed by a falling bolder or Maleficent who is impaled by the Sword of Truth hurled by Prince Phillip; the Coachman has no such luck, and continues his purchase of stupid boys for their eventual conversion into donkeys that are then sold for gold.  

The Coachman was voiced by Charles Judels who also provided the voice for another villain in Pinocchio, Stromboli.  Everything surrounding the Coachman seems foreboding; from his long whip and his stagecoach used to transport the boys to Pleasure Island, to his henchman that appear to be dark featureless creatures carrying out his will.

This is a spectacular drawing of the Coachman from his first scene in "Pinocchio" which occurs at the The Red Lobster Inn where he meets with Honest John (Foulfellow) and Gideon.  All three are seen smoking, Honest John and Gideon both have cigars and The Coachman has a pipe.   The Coachman states the he is "collecting stupid little boys" to take to Pleasure Island where they can "tear the place apart" and that "they never come back... as boys!"  This drawing is wonderful because of the extra elements; it has the table top and the sack of gold coins drawn in the image, as well as an eyes and mouth open Coachman holding his pipe.

Framed Coachman drawing

To see the cel made from this drawing in the film, just click on the short video below:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The police are everywhere!" - Cruella De Vil Production Cel from 101 Dalmatians, 1961

Original hand painted production cel of Cruella De Vil set over an original production line overlay background cel together with a non-production watercolor background from "101 Dalmatians," 1961

Cruella De Vil (Devil with a space) is one of the greatest villains ever created by the Disney Animation Studios.  Along with the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty," Cruella is one of the most well known characters!  Cruella and Maleficent were both created and animated by Marc Davis, one the greatest Disney animators (see discussion of him in prior posts).  Features of the character include: very thin body, exaggerated check bones, hair that is white on one side and black on the other, lit cigarette with smoke held in a long holder, elbow lengh red gloves, red high heels, black tight dress, fur coat with red lining, and a fur with animal tails purse.  I doubt that a Halloween has ever gone by without hordes of small (and large) Cruellas wondering the streets looking for candy!

Cruella was not a scheming villain like the Stepmother or the Evil Queen, but rather one that acts totally on impulse.  In some cases this reckless behavior involves tearing through snowy landscapes in her roadster or in the case of this cel, totally losing control over the lack of action by her henchmen Horace and Jasper.  In this cel she screams, "The police are everywhere!"

Framed original hand painted production cel of Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians," 1961

To view this cel in the film, click on the short video below:

Monday, October 20, 2014

UNTITLED ART GALLERY - It's finally here!

I am so pleased to finally open my own on-line art gallery!

In retrospect, I should have done this years ago; but it is here; finally!  Besides having the art, what do you need for an on-line Gallery: photographs, edit them, create a web site, set up a company, get a Federal Tax ID Number, state business license, and a city license.  It has been a bit stressful along the way, but overall, just a bunch of fun!  

The Gallery is divided into three main sections, the main page is devoted to Andy Warhol, followed by tabs for Artists Name A-K, then L-Z, and last Disney Animation Art.  Artists A-K currently showcases works by the following: Arman, Peter Anton, Salvador Dali, Helen Frankenthaler, and Ellsworth Kelly.  Artists L-Z features works by: Joan Miro, Kenneth Noland, Pablo Picasso, Ad Reinhardt, James Rosenquist, Jonathan Seliger, and Karen Shapiro.  Disney Animation Art is divided by year and feature film.  The focus for animation are Disney Villains from the full length feature films, but there will be other "nice" characters added over time.  

Once you click on the image of given work of art, you will get a blow up photograph with a complete description below.  There may also be a link to take to you to my blog, where I discuss that particular work in some detail.  My goal is to update the Gallery pages often, so please bookmark me and drop by from time to time.

If you should see any errors in the pages, please let me know; as I will strive to be as accurate as possible.  In addition please give me any feedback, or if you have any questions, please write to me using the Contact link.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Original Production Cel of Captain Hook from "Peter Pan," 1953

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Captain Hook over a matching lithographic background from "Peter Pan," 1953

Captain Hook was animated by legendary Frank Thomas and voiced by Hans Conried.  Conried was also the voice of George Darling, which is consistent with the roles of "Peter Pan" for the stage.  I remember seeing Conried acting on "I Love Lucy" where he played an English tutor as well as playing the character Wrongway Feldman on "Gilligan's Island."  His voice was so distinctive and so memorable that he was perfect for the role of Captain Hook; as he had a wonderful way of conveying both the rough gruff pirate role as well and the sly calculating villain.  

Frank Thomas's first sketches of Captain Hook were much more menacing than the final product.  Walt Disney felt the character was going to be too frightening for children and so Thomas toned down his drawings.  The result is a wonderful villain and I would say that he is my favorite male villain in the Disney film world.  

The cel above depicts Captain Hook looking through is telescope at, having just arrived to Neverland, Peter Pan and the Darling children resting on a cloud.  Hook then rattles off coordinates to the cannon operating pirate on the brig the Jolly Roger.  This is cel is just a few frames off from the image that was used to make a limited edition cel.

Framed original production cel of Captain Hook

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

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Listen well, all of you!" - Maleficent and Diablo Production Cel from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959

Original hand painted and hand inked production cel of Maleficent and Diablo set on a lithographic matching background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959; Size - Maleficent 9 1/4 x 14 1/2", Image 10 x 15 3/4", Frame 29 1/4" x 34"; Framed with a black and gold wood frame, three suede acid free mats, and UV conservation clear Museum Perfect glass.


This is the cel as I first saw it; before it was given a matching background and framed

Initially Marc Davis, the animator for Maleficent, had wanted to use a black and red color scheme for the character however; Eyvind Earle, the background artist for the film, protested.  Walt Disney had taken some criticism over his recent films for their lack of artistic achievement and so he had decided to put in charge an already accomplished Disney animation artist.  Eyvind Earle had already been working at the Disney Animation Studios and was receiving acclaim for his artistic vision and technical skill and so he was chosen by Disney to supervise the styling, color, and backgrounds for "Sleeping Beauty."  The film took six years to complete due to Earle's extreme attention to detail.  Normal backgrounds for prior Disney films would take a day, however the Earle backgrounds could take up to ten days.  In addition, Earle reworked not only the colors for Maleficent but the character design for Briar Rose so that she would work better with his pre-Renaissance Gothic vision for "Sleeping Beauty."  "Sleeping Beauty," 1959 was the last of the Disney films that all the cels were both hand inked and hand painted, and many believe it to be one of the most beautiful and one of the greatest Disney films ever!

Cel showing peg holes

Not all cels of the same character are priced the same.  I recall a Gallery that was charging the same price for a front facing, eyes and mouth open, full figure image of Bambi; as they were for a butt shot with just a back of the head showing.  The front images were all snapped up fast and the remainder languished on their site year after year, after year.  The simple fact is that collectors want wonderfully beautiful images for their walls and will pay much more for these unique cels.  Eyes and mouth open vs. eyes and mouth closed can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars difference.  The same can be said for full figure front vs. half back shots.  

I believe this to be one of the finest cels of Maleficent I have ever seen in my over 20 years of collecting.  She is just frames away from the image Disney Animation chose for the "Casting the Spell" limited edition.  In this cel she is saying "Listen well, all of you!" just before she cast the curse upon Princess Aurora.  Once the spell is cast she utters, "Stand back you fools," and there are similar full figure cels; however at this point Diablo the raven is missing from her shoulder.

Framed production cel of Maleficent and Diablo

To view this cel in the film, click on the short video below: