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Rare Iwerks cels

Click on thumbnails above for full screen image. Mike Van Eaton just acquired these very rare cels from the Ub Iwerks studio of 1930s and wanted to share. Take a look and drool! The first is apparently a model sheet on a cel, probably created for the ink-and-paint department for reference. The one on the right comes from Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp (1934), but strangely enough the Genie is green here, on screen he’s red (or orange). Could this have been a test cel for the ink & paint crew? That film, and the center one from The Headless Horseman (1934), were released in the two-color CineColor process. Note that Bram Bones vest is yellow, but on screen its orange. Mike is also wondering about the background:

The background on the headless horseman piece has a very strange timing bar across the bottom…almost looks like a ruler..see if you can see it in the scan. Have you ever seen anything like that? Do you know what it was used for?

Van Eaton plans to sell these in the near future. If interested contact Mike through his website.

  • uncle wayne

    Yes! That, sure enuff, IZZ to “drool” for!! Most 30s-Ubs are no where near this pristine! Wow!

  • The ticks across the bottom of the background are to measure out the pan move. This background was cut down from a repeat pan. It would have been longer than it is here.

  • TStevens

    The numbers at the bottom look like markers for the cameraman to follow on a pan (the cameraman would have lined the marks up to table center or the center peg on the bottom pan bar). However, to know for sure you would have to assume that the background was trimmed on the sides when it was mounted to the cel. You would also have to know if the cel was on bottom peg and the BG was top pegged (or vice versa). Mounted production cels often have the pegs sheared off to fit into a frame so you never get the production info. As for the numbering, it goes left to right in what looks like quarter inch increments. If the BG were panned on ones, that would probably be about the right speed for a gallop cycle back in those days. The only thing is that the numbering (which appears to be in inches) goes left to right. If you actually followed that numbering for the pan direction then it would be panning the wrong way for the horse. Also, without watching the original cartoon you may not even know if the cel is paired to the correct BG (again, if the pegs are intact you can probably figure that out). The BG is labeled SC13: does that correlate to the cel?

    I would pretty safely assume though that the numbering was for the camera pan.

  • Flip the Human

    A similarly strange color cell of King Neptune from ‘Stormy Seas’ (Flip) is seen briefly in the documentary ‘Hand Behind the Mouse’.

  • Randy

    Check out the Cinecolor page at Martin Hart’s excellent Widescreen Museum website for an explanation of why the colors on those cells don’t match the colors of the onscreen images.


  • Hey!

    Wasn’t it Chuck Jones’ job to wash off these cells so they could be reused?

    Looks like he missed a few…