Monday, August 10, 2020


Not too long ago, Sandra of MadSnapper said she loved seeing what was in other bloggers homes.

So I decided to show you two animation cels we have hanging in our hall.

What is an animation cel you ask?

A cel is short for celluloid...a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted.

EACH cel has been handpainted and then photographed over a hand painted background to create ONE FRAME of the finished production.

There are 24 Frames per SECOND of production to make animated movement.

That means that just a SINGLE minute of animation can be up to 1400 separate pieces of celluloid...

each with a unique drawing plastered on its surface....

Now multiply that by 90....

That's what it takes to make a 90 minute full length animated movie.

We are collectors of all things Disney.

The first Cel we purchased is from the Disney movie... PETE'S DRAGON... made in 1977.

This is Elliott the gentle Dragon .

He was created by Ken Anderson.

Elliott is the movie's sole animated character.  Ken was a master at smoothly transitioning

the character with live acting.

Dave and I had the honor of knowing Ken and being able to chat with him at many conventions.

The second cel is from THE LITTLE MERMAID.

The one we were able to purchase is of ERIC the prince in the story.

He is with Grimsby the Prince's elderly adviser and valet.

Max the Old English Sheepdog is also on the cel.

We cherish this type of art because it's a dying almost dead breed.

Since digital has become the choice of the day...

Many of the true artists have lost their jobs.

Digital is a great thing but seeing the work of the artist's hands does a lot for me.

Thanks for looking.  I hope I explained this clearly enough for you to understand.

Don't forget to enlarge the photos to see the detail.

These were hard to photograph because celluloid is glare-y and our hall is dark.

Its a good place to hang these because heat and light make the paint dry and crumble.


Marie Smith said...

Art indeed. You have to admire ate artistry of those films.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are awesome!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

They are amazing! I saw some of these at an estate sale last year. I don't remember what the price was but I know they were not cheap. Now that you've explained it I know why!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Wow, I bet soon these will be very rare and worth a fortune. They are very cool, and I had no idea such a thing existed!

Hootin' Anni said...

Treasures and as you say, since a dying art, definitely collector's items.

Ruth Hiebert said...

These are obviously special treasures. Thanks for sharing them.

Wanda said...

How very interesting, Sue. So nice to hear the story behind the wonderful art work. You have some real treasures here.

Chatty Crone said...

You know Pete's Dragon was the first movie I took my son to - he will be 45 this month!

diane b said...

An interesting article about your pictures. My cousin's wife who lives in California used to be an artist for Disney. She explained how they did their work. It is quite amazing.

Sandra said...

great choice to show us and i learned something i did not know. Never heard of a Cel or that you can buy and frame a single shot.. so true, takes a true gift of talent to paint and make these to animate. yet another thing that digital changed foever. it is great to preserve them and they will be worth more and more as time goes on. and in the future some one will see how things used to be done.

jel said...

WAY COOL! I LOve Disney stuff. :)

sandy said...

This was so interestingn to read about and see. thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I do know about cels and so cool that you have some!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You explained it beautifully. Somewhere in our travels we visited a gallery that displayed a collection of Disney cels. We enjoyed it so much . How wonderful that you own these! Very special.