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has been a collectible item since the days of the film genre's early creation. But collecting production art really started to take shape as a collectible hobby with the success of Snow White when Guthrie Courvoisier approached Walt Disney in the late 1930's about the possibility of selling production art from the first animated feature. From 1937 to 1946, Courvoisier sold original production artwork for just a few dollars to up to $50 for more elaborate pieces that included original production backgrounds. Today, these animation treasure garner high prices at auction and very rare. The animation community is very thankful to Courvoisier for his vision, as we might not have had any artwork from this period.

Shortly after Disney's agreement with Courvoisier came to an end, Disney continued to sell animation artwork through its theme park location in Disneyland called the Art Corner. This fantasyland store opened with the park in 1955 and continued well into the 60's. Artwork from the 50's and 60's produced for feature and television animation was sold for just a few dollars as a mere trinket or souvenir for a visit to Disneyland. Today these cels are characterized with lithographic backgrounds, often from films that didn't necessarily match (but looked good for resale) and with cream colored matts and gold stickers desribing where the item was purchased. These cel setups today fetch much higher prices depending on the character and subject matter.

As the Disney theme-park empire expanded with the addition of Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Paris Disneyland, so did the number of outlets where disney fans could find production artwork. Today there are several key locations where collectors can find first run artwork from feature films and television. However, Disney knows the collector value of its artwork and typically charges anywhere from 50-100% of what collectors will get by purchasing art on the secondary market. Artwork that is sold today is naturally from only contemporary works as vintage art either no longer exists or has been archived by Disney for research and development of future works. What is become interesting of late is that contemporary feature film animation art is actually rarer than artwork from some vintage periods. With the Disney studio releasing less backgrounds for sale at auction and advent of digital processes for painting cels and even backgrounds, production will eventually become harder to get and find if non-existent.

Developing good relationships with secondary market galleries/dealers, one can often times better find better values and a connection to other collectors who may have similar interests. For a collector, this can be particularly helpful when trying to locate a specific one-of-a-kind piece.

June 16, 2000
Now being release nationally for a limited time on regular movie screens everywhere!

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Veteran animator John Culhane will be on hand at this year's animation event at the Disney Institue which will focus on topics related to the creation of Fantasia 2000! I have not attended this event but it definitely sounds like fun! Have you been to this event in the past, let me know what you thought! Send me an e-mail.

This June Sotheby's will host Disney's latest animation art offering featuring production art from Tarzan. I will be attending the event on June 29, 2000. Watch here for more details and a post auction review!

Get your copy of the Disney's latest Tarzan on DVD! This special collector's edition is loaded full of animation extras that any collector will love. I have just barely previewed this edition and in my opinion it is very well done! Only available on DVD.

Where you able to find a production setup from this movie? If so, send me an email! I would like to know more about it!

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