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Disney (1929 - 1939) Silly Symphonies - Original Vintage Production Art

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Original 1932 Disney Cel Flowers and Trees - The Old Evil Tree
Source: TV
Layers: 5
No sketches available
Standard size

Key Cel
End Cel
Original Matching Background

Added 2/25/2011
Updated 3/15/2012

This cel is probably one of the rarest and oldest pieces I have found for my art collection. An original cel from the Silly Symphonies with Key Master Background, fully preserved! The details in the cel and background are probably the most amazing thing I have seen in person, especially considering this is 80 years old! Released July 30, 1932, directed by Burt Gillett, this was the first animation short produced in the full-color three strip Technicolor.

The film was already being produced in the black and white two-strip color technique when Wal Disney met with Herbert Kalmus and saw his three-strip Technicolor tests. Disney felt the "Flowers and Trees" short would be a great experiment to test out the new Technicolor process, which had proven to be a great success. In fact, this film was so successful that it won the First Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects in 1932.

Disney was able to retain the rights to Technicolor until 1935 before other studios were able to use the new "state-of-the-art", which gave him a huge leg up on his competitors such as Max Fleischer who was forced to use a more inferior animation method known as Cinecolor.

This is truly a huge historical milestone, and I am so lucky to have been able to find one of the only two surviving animation celluloid pieces known.

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