The premium Disney collectable is the animation cel. “Cel” (short for celluloid) is film industry jargon for the celluloid on which each frame of a cartoon was painted (in the days before computer animation). Disney cels were sold as works of art by the Courvoisier Galleries as early as 1938. They were sold at Disneyland once it opened in 1955.
The earliest cels were made of cellulose nitrate. As this is a highly flammable material, cels were not stored but were either washed and re-used or destroyed. In 1940, during the making of Fantasia, Disney switched to more durable cellulose acetate cels.
As well as the original production cels, used in making the actual animated film, Disney produces hand-inked limited-edition cels, xerographic cels and serigraphic cels for collectors. The limited-edition, hand-inked cels are produced by tracing a cartoon drawing onto an acetate, colouring it by hand and adding a lithographic background layer. Xerographic cels are similar except that the cartoon drawing is reproduced onto the acetate by a xerographic process rather than being hand-drawn each time. Serigraphic cels, or “sericels”, are produced by transferring a painting of a character to acetate by a screen-printing process.
Disney animation cels available now
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Cinderella Dream sericel Cel Disney Signed Voice 1950 Ilene Wood New Gold Frame
on September 17, 2019 at 3:41 am
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NWT DISNEY Animated Art Framed Ltd Sericel Minnie And Mickey Sleigh Ride Cel
on September 12, 2019 at 1:18 am
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Jiminy Cricket Art Corner Vintage Original Production Disney Cel hand SIGNED
on September 8, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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Disney Cel Limited Edition Mickey Minnie Hawaii Holiday hand painted 1991 tiki
on September 7, 2019 at 9:31 am
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Maleficent Sleeping Beauty cel Art Corner Disney Original Production cel
on September 7, 2019 at 8:59 am
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