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Disney Limited!

I don’t keep up with the world of limited edition animation art – in fact, I’m not sure how large that market is anymore. Chris Jackson of Acme Archives just sent me some information on their latest offerings and I like what I see. My favorite pieces are these two black and white silent era limiteds – the first (above) from Plane Crazy (150 of those) and an Oswald Rabbit from Rival Romeos (pictured below, only 95 of those). I can’t afford them, but they are cool.

Tomorrow, Acme is launching DisneyStudioArt.com, but the site is up and running now. There they are offering original production art from The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Little Mermaid and several others. Acme is also producing two extremely limited (only 23 pieces each) hand-painted cels, offered through the new D23 site. One from the 1933 Mickey Mouse short, The Mad Doctor and the vaulted Song of the South. It’s just nice knowing the company is aware of these titles.

  • Bill Field

    Mad Doctor and Plane Crazy are Public Domain- so can’t any studio with the talent do the same thing?

  • Nic Kramer

    Pretty intresting. Though I doubt, they’ll do one for that one scene from “Syphony Hour”. Just had to do that bad joke before someone else does it first.

  • mike

    the disney studio art site has those incredible pixar posters i saw hanging in the studio when i visited.. made by their artists. not the marketing team.. i’ve looked for them everywhere and now i finally found them. too bad they’re so expensive

  • The Song of the South cel doesn’t look right. The lines are too thick and in the film they used colored inks for the lines. You’d think for over a thousand $$ for a fake cel they could get it right.

    I do like the Mickey and Oswald cels. I’m glad I bought the few cels I have when the real thing cost less than these.

  • The image on the website used to sell the piece is simply that. Each of these pieces is done by hand, so there are not samples of them available to photograph in advance. The self-color lines will be present on the final piece.

    We’d love to offer original cels for every film, but they are just too rare. We put a lot of time and effort into recreating the cels as accurately as possible (and work in conjunction with Disney’s Animation Research Library and Ink & Paint Dept to be sure that we always get it right).

  • Is it just me, or does Oswald just look like a primitive Mickey? What are they planning to do by resurrecting the character?