This cel of Ariel has been one of my favorites. It wasn't too expensive, but I liked the overall statement. While it's on the screen for a very short time, it has an interesting effect when it is hanging on the wall.
This is one of those great "teachable" pieces that let you talk about the animation process, the function of "safe" lines (at least from a TV perspective) and the fact that you don't need to spend time painting an area that won't be seen on the screen. [Much like a head-and-shoulders shot of the field reporter wearing a sports jacket, shirt & tie, but little else!]
[Note: when you enlarge this image, it looks like there are problems with the lines and coloring around the lines. These are not paint problems, but are artifacts from using a low .jpg quality.]
In my commentary Buy For The "Decisive Moment," I suggest looking for images that capture the essence of a character, a defining moment in the story, etc. This is a good example. Her surprise that her wish (or "deal") really came true and the quiet realization that her life is about to change speaks to all of us. While we may not have known that it was important at the time, all of us can look back and identify those "fork in the road' points in time when our lives changed forever. When I talk to folks after they have been looking at this image for a while, the responses are very similar - they say that they were thinking of a time when they made choices that turned out to be very significant. To answer some of you readers, no one has turned to me after looking at the art and told me they were just enjoying the "soft porn" moment!
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From “Little Mermaid” (1989). Cel of Ariel mounted on a Disney Studio prepared background. NOTE: Disney stamp in lower right corner. [Image: 11-5/16"W x 7-5/16"H] Acquired 1992. SeqID-0066