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Watership Down Cel by AnimationValley
Watership Down Cel
Original hand painted 1978 Watershipdown Production cel featuring Hazel with a hand painted background. The cel complete with production peg holes measures 12.5"x10.5".
A few facts you may not know about traditional hand painted cel Animation.

-The invention of the technique is generally attributed to Earl Hurd, who patented the process in 1914. The outline of the images are drawn on the front of the cel while colors are painted on the back to eliminate brushstrokes.

-Many studios including Disney simply wiped cels clean and reused them to save the cost of new sheets. Therefor examples from early animated movies and cartoons are hard to find.

-"The Band Concert" released by Disney in 1935, was the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon. An original cel from the cartoon was sold in a private transaction in 1999 for a reported $420,000 USD.

-Many cartoons and animated movies are still drawn by hand, but on a digital tablet instead of a traditional animation cel. The last cartoon to utilize hand-drawn animation cels was "Ed, Edd, n Eddy" for the Cartoon Network.

-Disney via their Disney Stores sold production cels from The Little Mermaid (their last film to use cels) at prices from $2,500 to $3,500.

-Although it didn't use hand painted animation cels "The Princess and the Frog" is the first Disney movie since 2004 that is completely hand drawn and not computer animated. John Lasseter has stated that he is committed to producing at least one hand drawn feature every two years.


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Ranviet Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Happy Birthday!
LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Deepest apologies, but only Looney Tunes tutorials, model sheets, style guides and picture references are allowed in :iconlooneytunestutorials:

It's a group that only focuses on how to draw the Looney Tunes Characters (Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.). If you have an artwork that involves tutorials or other references with any Looney Tunes characters in it, I'll accept that. :)

Until then, try making some tutorials and model sheets for yourself.
Tigerstar2000 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Sorry, only Animaniacs tutorials or picture reference is accepted in :icondrawwarnerstyle:  group. 

It's a group that only focuses on how to draw the Warners (Yakko, Wakko, and Dot). If you have an artwork that involves tutorials or other references with Yakko, Wakko, and Dot in it, I will accept that. ^-^
Crolossus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav: (Wreck-It Ralph drawing)! :hug:
I-love-China97 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for the fave!!
Criia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
thanks for the fav!
FTerza Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thx fot the fav
SummersWorld Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
ehh.. its great that you show cels here..but all that stuff is copyrighted and da is a site for SELFMADE art..
MrMinos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks so much for your awesome comments and for favin' my Woody Woodpecker painting! :)
LordNegaduck Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
:iconlordnegaduck: :iconfaveplz: :iconfavplz:

:icondragontailfast: The Ducky really appreciates that :icondragonnod1:
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