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Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Master Production Background and Production Cel Setup Walt Disney 1959

Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Master Production Background with Production Cel Setup (Walt Disney, 1959).  This is an original Production Cel and Master Background setup. The setup is comprised of seven trimmed to image hand-inked, hand-painted production cels of a 9" tall Briar Rose with her forest creature friends, applied to a production background. Background by Eyvind Earle. The Master setup of cels and background is in a frame of 24" x 21" with a mat opening of 15" x 12". Condition is Very Good. Frame is sold as is. COA from The Cricket Gallery.

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released to theaters on January 29, 1959 by Buena Vista Film Distribution. The sixteenth animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon, it was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale (after his death, the studio returned to the genre with The Little Mermaid), as well as the last cel animated feature from Disney to be inked by hand before the xerography process took over. It is also the first animated feature to be shot in Super Technirama 70, one of many large-format widescreen processes (only one more animated film, The Black Cauldron, has been shot in Super Technirama 70). It spent nearly the entire decade of the 1950s in production: the story work began in 1951, voices were recorded in 1952, animation production took from 1953 until 1958, and the stereophonic musical score was recorded in 1957.

It was originally a failure and did not make up the huge cost of the film. Along with the mixed critical reception, it was also noted to be the film that made Walt Disney lose interest in the animation medium. However, the subsequent re-releases proved massively successful, and critics and audiences have since hailed it as an animated classic.

Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disneyanimated films in the 1950s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rahr West Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum have purchased Earle's works for their permanent collections. His works have also been shown in many one-man exhibitions throughout the world.

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