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Friday, December 5, 2008

"On Ice" (1935) [2 of 4] - Pencil Background and Minnie Cel

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

Since I will be away for part of December, I thought this would be a good opportunity to post some Christmas/Holiday related art. To see other holiday related items, select "Category-Holiday" from the "Content by Category" list on the right.

Here is a very interesting piece. To start with, when we bought this in 1990 there wasn't much interest in backgrounds, so dealers would "spruce up" by adding something else to enhance the value of the piece.

From a historical perspective, the background is a great piece. Good detail. A nice mix of background elements. Good examples of registration notes. Good approval instructions, with a sign-off by "Fergy." The cel of Minnie was cut from another cel and mounted on a cover cel over the background. When the piece if viewed by those new to animation, the combination of cel and pencil art does get their attention and gives me a chance to explain more about the process and the various notes on the page.

Minnie Cel on "Fergy" Pencil Background

The sheets are "hinged" in the frame so that the entire sheet can be seen -- including the notes at the bottom

----- DATABASE NOTES -----

From “On Ice” (1935). A Cel of Minnie is overlaid on a very good background pencil of the ice pond and warm up hut. Pencil background signed by the animator: "Fergy". (Fergy refers to Fergison, who did the Witch from Snow White and Goofy). Minnie skating, but ready to fall. [Image: 12"W x 9.5"H] Acquired 1990. SeqID-0096

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