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Original 1954 Disney Eyvind Earle Background - Donald Duck Grand Canyonscope
Source: TV
Layers: 1
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Oversize, 30W x 13H

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Added 2/11/2011
Updated 4/6/2012
This is one of the most AMAZING backgrounds I have ever had the pleasure of obtaining in my years as a collector. This is an original production background made from one of the most famous background animators in history, Eyvind Earle! I am the second owner to this beautiful piece. One of the absolute coolest part is I was able to obtain the complete provenance of this piece that traced straight to Mr. Earle himself since the original owner and he were close friends.

Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) began working for Walt Disney in 1951 and was hired on as an assistant background designer. He received much of his praise from Disney while working on films and shorts such as Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Paul Bunyon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and received his greatest fame from his exceptional background designs for Sleeping Beauty (1959).

This background came from the Donald Duck short "Grand Canyonscope". This short was released at the same time as 20,000 Leagues Under Sea. The major historical significance of this piece in particular was this is the first time the Disney studios began working with Cinemascope (hence why they named the short "Grand Canyonscope"). Grand Canyonscope and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea were the two very first releases of this new form of imaging done by the Walt Disney Studio.

Cinemascope is the first "widescreen" view, which has now been adopted as mainstream for all production movies in the world. It is also what one would consider the early attempts at producing IMAX videos.

If you look closely at the designs of the rocks and cliffs in this background, you will notice a very detailed "3D" effect, which was one of Mr. Earle's attempts at the IMAX effects.

According to his close friend (the original owner of this piece), this piece was kept in Mr. Earle's own private collection for nearly 30 years before he gave it to his friend, because this was one of the pieces in particular that Mr. Earle was very adamant and proud about.

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