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Friday, May 8, 2009

"Lady and The Tramp" (1955) [Series] - Cels of Lady and Tramp on Master Background

Part of "Lady and the Tramp" series in the Cowan Collection [click Here to see all the images].

We bought this piece primarily for the background, which is fantastic. Beautiful shadows, nice side light. This is a real slice of "Americana."

Again, I'm always knocked out by the detail in these backgrounds, given the few seconds they are on the screen. The movement of animation from the silver screen to television (along with television's insatiable appetite for content) created a situation where the animation production cycle had to be significantly compressed. To meet the new timeline needs, the amount of time spent on backgrounds was dramatically reduced. For those of us that grew up on Saturday Morning cartoons, our natural focus was on the actions of the main characters and just didn't pay that much attention to the backgrounds.

With that perspective in mind, my first exposure to the backgrounds from the "classic" animated films (Disney AND Fleischer) was that of shock! The detail was amazing! The level of artistic skill was stunning! BUT as someone who owned a business, I just could not cost-justify the work effort for the amount of time the image was on the screen. In addition, I was sure that there were other "kids" like me that were smiling at the antics of Tramp and just didn't "see" the backgrounds.

Pan Master Background (Click to enlarge)

Adding Cels of Lady and Tramp

Then we added two nice cels to give the wall-art some additional interest.

Framed Art

Then we tried to frame the art with colors that complimented the "feel" of the street and add some gold hues to give the piece some additional importance.

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

From “Lady and the Tramp” (1955). Cels of Lady and cel of Tramp walking and/or running over production pan master background. Acquired 1998. SeqID-0337 Updated: 8/1/2005

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