"Dumbo" (1941)-Cel On Master Background
The image's vertical format is striking and is consistent with the downward rush toward the center of the ring. But on closer inspection, I noticed that the background was hit with a varnish layer. I had used a similar technique to put a matte finish on images printed on glossy paper. It never crossed my mind that a similar technique would be necessary in animation.
Here, I've included an enlargement of the lower left corner of the image. It's difficult to see, but the varnish terminates about a 1/4" from the edge of the background. There is a slightly heavier density of varnish over the shadow areas.
Images very similar to this one have appeared in John Canemaker's "Treasures of Disney Animation Art" as well as in "The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation" by Frank Thompson & Olllie Johnston. [Note: there are color variations between my scanned image and the images in the books - plus my own ability to induce color variations when I scan in pages from a book!]
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From “Dumbo” (1941). Cel on master background of Dumbo falling to earth holding a rattle. An unusual vertical pan cel and background. Back: "Used in inking 1/14”; “officer of the company." [11.75”W x 15.25”H] Acquired 1997. SeqID-0266 Updated: 8/1/2005
Reference: Shown on page 187 -- Canemaker, John. Treasures of Disney Animation Art. NY: Abbeville Press, 1982. ISBN: 0-89659-581-1. [15"W x 12"H] SeqID 1512
Reference: Shown on page 132 -- Thomas, Frank & Johnston, Ollie. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. NY: Hyperion, 1981. First edition. ISBN: 0-7868-6070-7. [10.75”W x 11.75”H; in slip cover] Limited Edition: 736/3,000. Signed by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston. SeqID 1535