A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Lot 66
A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium

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A celluloid of Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Walt Disney Studios, 1937. Gouache on celluloid, multi-cel set-up wth an overlay, applied to its matching watercolor production pan background of the cottage, annotated on the bottom, "3D / Stop SC 13," and on the reverse, "3D 13 / No. 38 300," matted and framed.

Snow White cleans the dwarfs' cottage with assistance from her animal friends: a deer, chipmunks, squirrels, and birds.

Due to the scarcity of backgrounds that are available today, it is very unusual to find a cel with its matching background. This is a pivotal point in the film when Snow White is introduced to the dwarfs.

When Walt Disney decided to produce a film version of the Grimm's fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he couldn't have foreseen the massive production costs (budgeted at $250,000 with a final cost of $1.5 million) or the time it would take to produce (three years). The film went on to win an honorary Academy Award® in 1937, an unheard of honor at the time. Starting in 1934 and over time, Disney hired 750 artists, and two million drawings were made for the movie. The final version was comprised of over 250,000 separate pictures, roughly 100,000 of which were painted cels and 700 backgrounds. This was Disney's and America's first animated feature film, a historical moment in motion picture history that changed the medium of animation. It received a standing ovation when it premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937. It went on to become a major box office success with international receipts of $8 million, the highest grossing film in American history until the release of Gone with the Wind in 1939.
Overall: 26 x 21 x 2 in; Within mat: 8.75 x 16 in
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