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Original 1940 Disney Fantasia Production Cel - Mickey Mouse - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Source: Movie
Layers: 1
No sketches available
Oversize, 7W x 7H

Key Cel
Original Matching Background

Added 6/24/2015
Updated 6/25/2015
This lovely piece is an EXTREMELY rare iconic historical piece of none other than Mickey Mouse from the Sorcerer's Apprentice featured in the Fantasia movie. This cel came from scene after the magic spell went out of control and the sorcerer had to step in to take control over the situation. As Mickey picked up the water buckets to assume his actual duty and to clean up his mess, he stopped briefly to gaze up at the Sorcerer and gave him a fleeting smile as the sorcerer took his broomstick and swatted at Mickey to hurry back to work. This is such an extraordinary shot of Mickey and beautiful expression on his face. You just cannot get a much better shot than this expression!

When I had first gotten the cel, it gave with clear tape on the back over the paint. This was a common practice that was done 50 years ago in order to "preserve" the images from deteriorating. Unfortunately, tape contained acid back then that changes color with time as it oxidized. So, the restorationist had to very carefully remove the tape and repaired the paint. The background and broomstick in this piece are a reproduction painting from the original scene. The broomstick was not seen in the actual screen cap because the way the camera filmed it, you could not see the bottom region of the image as you can here on the actual art.

Another very interesting find is that this piece came with a news paper clipping that featured the art or a sister cel of Sorcerer Mickey. I have scanned it in so you can read the article, which basically discusses the history behind Fantasia and the Sorcerer's Apprentice. An absolutely wonderful and historical find!

There are four major historical events that took place in the production of Disney relating to Mickey mouse shorts.
1). Plane Crazy 1928 - First cartoon Disney ever made, featuring Mickey Mouse
2). Steamboat Willie (1932 release) - First released to public viewing.
3). Band Concert Mickey (1935) - The first technicolor short of Mickey, also won the Venice Film Festival Golden Medal for best animation.
4). Fantasia Sorcerer Mickey - The first modern design of Mickey.

Mickey had always been Walt Disney's favorite character and he was very determined to bring back Mickey Mouse to the front line when he featured him in the Sorcerer's Apprentice even though the original plan was to use Dopey for the short. I personally think the producers did such a wonderful job at resurrecting Mickey Mouse!

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