After seeing the animation market heat up and offering a few original pieces in auction, Disney decided to create Limited Editions to capitalize on the demand for artwork.
Disney started with six hand-inked reproduction cels from "Fantasia." The cels were of different characters and, generally, were thought by the Studio to be the best rendition of each character. Since this was Disney's first major entry into the market, the cels came in a very nice folder and offered plenty of descriptive material. Because the market was unknown, there were only 250 copies of each cel.
One of the more unusual aspects was that the cel was laminated on the normally exposed painted side to avoid the traditional problems of the paint lifting off the cel material. I don't believe this technique was used in subsequent Limited Editions. I thought this was an advantage here in our low humidity climate in Colorado. For the first time, I could place cels in a non-humidified area of the house and not be overly concerned about paint problems.
Don't forget to click on the picture to see an enlargement...
Limited Edition Satin Covered Folder
Opening Introduction to the Limited Edition Series
Adhesive Backing for each cel
Sorcerer's Apprentice Sequence
Pastoral Symphony Sequence: Brudus and Melinda
Pastoral Symphony sequence. Limited edition #87/275. Brudus walks with Melinda (Centaur & Centaurette) while the cupids watch from above. [15"W x 13"H] SeqID 0045
Pastoral Symphony Sequence: Faun, Bacchus and Jacchus
Pastoral Symphony sequence. From Fantasia Limited Edition #87/275. Faun and Bacchus riding Jacchus. [Image: 14-15/16"W x 11-3/16"H. Frame: 23-5/8"W x 19-7/8"H] SeqID-0153 8/3/2005
Dance of the Hours Sequence: Ben Ali Gator and Hyacinth Hippo
Dance of the Hours sequence. Limited edition #87/275. Ben Ali Gator is dancing with Hyacinth Hippo. [Image: 14-15/16"W x 11-3/16"H; Frame: 23-5/8"W x 19-7/8"H] SeqID-0154 8/3/2005
Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria Sequence: Chernabog
Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence. Limited edition #87/275. Chernabog with evil pose. [Image: 14-15/16"W x 11-3/16"H. Frame: 23-5/8"W x 19-7/8"H] SeqID-0155 8/3/2005
Pastoral Symphony Sequence: Pegasus (white and black)
Pastoral Symphony sequence. Limited edition #87/275. Pegasus (black) and his wife (white) flying. [Image: 14-15/16"W x 11-3/16"H; Frame: 23-5/8"W x 19-7/8"H] SeqID-0156 8/3/2005
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From "Fantasia" (1940; 1987). A blue book cover that held the cels from Fantasia that made up the first Disney Limited Edition release. The book contained 6 cels: #0042, 0045, 0153, 0154, 0155, 0156. [Item: 16-3/8"W x 12-3/4"H] SeqID 0041