Dopey Dwarf and Bashful Dwarf

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Dopey and Sleepy with Cart mat1

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Dopey and Sleepy with Cart frame

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(Walt Disney Studio, 1937)

Full color production cels
Courvoisier setup
5″ x 8″ mat opening

 

These cels are over 75 years old!  Disney’s first feature film predates the more modern plural of “dwarf” as popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien, which you can read about at Grammarist if you are interested.  The setup has a great Courvoisier background, but the diamond sparkles are painted on a cel itself, which means for each frame the artist had to adjust them by tiny increments to make them twinkle during animation.  It sounds incredibly tedious, but the result was spectacular.

 

This cel setup is available for auction!

View it now at Heritage Auctions.
Good luck, and happy bidding!

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