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Walt Disney (1901-1966)   BIOGRAPHY

Raccoons, from 'Original Paintings for Snowwhite and The Seven Dwarfs', 1938
Framed (ref: 5975)
Inscribed with title on label on reverse
Original celluloid
4 1/2 x 4 in. (11.5 x 10.2 cm)


Provenance: Acquired by Charles Cundall from Ernest Brown and Phillps in November 1938; thence by descent.

Exhibited: Ernest Brown & Phillips, November 1938

Literature: - Disney, W., B. Ernest, et al. (1938). The original paintings on celluloid by Walt Disney and his collaborators for the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. London, Ernest Brown & Phillips, - Charles Cundall, A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length cel animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story was adapted by storyboard artists Dorothy Ann Blank, Richard Creedon, Merrill De Maris, Otto Englander, Earl Hurd, Dick Rickard, Ted Sears and Webb Smith. David Hand was the supervising director, while William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, and Ben Sharpsteen directed the film's individual sequences.

Snow White premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937, followed by a nationwide release on February 4, 1938, and with international earnings of $8 million during its initial release briefly assumed the record of highest grossing sound film at the time. 

In the late 30s and early 40s Walt Disney hired large teams of artists to work on films like Snow White and Bambi.
The cels which are used in the films them selves were drawn on celluloid, then hand-painted, photographed and placed on to film to be used in the making of the film. Once they had been used, the artwork was considered redundant and was often thrown away. 

Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (December 5, 1901 December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he and his brother Roy O. Disney co-founded The Walt Disney Company.

As an animator and entrepreneur, Disney was particularly noted as a filmmaker and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created numerous famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Disney himself was the original voice for Mickey. During his lifetime, he received four honorary Academy Awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record of four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards and gave his name to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the U.S., as well as the international resorts Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Disney died from lung cancer on December 15, 1966, in Burbank, California. He left behind a vast legacy, including numerous animated shorts and feature films produced during his lifetime; the company, parks, and animation studio that bear his name; and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

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