Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Exceptional Evil Queen Production Cel with Custom Background and Five Signatures (Walt Disney, 1937). The Queen pours through her book of spells, in this original hand-inked, hand-painted production cel from Walt Disney's landmark first full-length animated feature film. On the page she is turning, an equilateral triangle can be seen. This impressive production cel has a figure size of 7", and has been placed on a custom hand-painted background that closely matches the one seen in the film, complete with a skull resting atop another book. Producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was an enormous challenge, and Walt's brother Roy and wife Lillian tried to persuade him not to attempt it; after all, no one had done a feature-length animated movie. It was referred to by Hollywood wags at the time as "Disney's Folly," but the magnificent result speaks for itself; in fact, the United States Library of Congress has deemed it worthy of preservation by the National Film Registry, and the American Film Institute named it the greatest American animated film of all time in 2008. Certificate of Authenticity from The Cricket Gallery
This historic film was the result of work by some to the finest artists and animators of the era. Complimenting this incredible cel setup are cut signatures of five original contributors to the film: Frank Thomas (1912 - 2004, animator), Ollie Johnston (1912 - 2008, assistant animator), Maurice Noble (1910 - 2001, backgrounds), Joe Grant (1908 - 2005, character designer), and Ken O'Connor (1908 - 1998, layout artist).
This beautiful display includes an inner mat opening of 8.25" x 9" for the cel and background, and is ornately framed using Plexiglas, for an overall size of 22" x 25.5". The frame is sold as-is. Cel and signature condition are in overall Fine condition. From the MacLaughlin Family Disney Collection.
Snow White is a princess living with her stepmother, a vain Queen. Worrying the young girl will be more beautiful than her, the Queen forces Snow White to work as a scullery maid and asks her Magic Mirror daily "who is the fairest one of all." For years the mirror always answers that the Queen is, pleasing her.
One day, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now "the fairest." On that same day, Snow White meets and falls in love with a prince who overhears her singing. The jealous Queen orders her Huntsman to take Snow White into the forest, kill her, and bring back her heart in a jeweled box. However, the Huntsman cannot bring himself to kill Snow White. He begs for her forgiveness and reveals the Queen wants her dead. He then urges her to flee into the woods and never return.
Lost and frightened, the princess is befriended by woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage's dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the untidy home of seven orphaned children. With the animals' help, she proceeds to clean the place and cook a meal.
The cottage belongs to seven adult dwarfs named Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean, and suspect that an intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs find Snow White upstairs, asleep across three of their beds. Snow White awakes to find the dwarfs at her bedside and introduces herself, and all of the dwarfs eventually welcome her into their home after she offers to clean and cook for them. Snow White keeps house for the dwarfs while they mine for jewels during the day, and at night they all sing, play music, and dance.
Meanwhile, the mirror again answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land. The Queen creates a poisoned apple that will put whoever eats it into the "Sleeping Death". She learns the curse can be broken by "love's first kiss," but is certain Snow White will be buried alive before this can happen. Using a potion to disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen goes to the cottage while the dwarfs are away. The animals attack her, but Snow White defended her. Unable to warn Snow White, the animals rush off to find the dwarfs. Claiming the apple is a magical, wish-granting one, The Queen fools Snow White into biting into it. As Snow White falls asleep, the Queen proclaims that she is now the fairest of the land.
The dwarfs return with the animals as the Queen leaves the cottage, and give chase, trapping her on a cliff. She tries to roll a boulder onto them, but lightning strikes the cliff before she can do so, causing her to fall to her death.
In their cottage, the dwarfs find Snow White being kept in a deathlike slumber by the poison. Unwilling to bury her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the woodland creatures, they keep watch over her.
A year later, the prince learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin. Saddened by her apparent death, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the Prince takes Snow White to his castle.
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