Disney Cel Sword in The Stone, ‘Merlin’ (1963). (Original Matte & Art Corner Gold Seal)

$490.00

#DG21 – Walt Disney ‘Sword in The Stone’, 1963. This Art Corner cel of ‘Merlin’ measures 8.00″ X 9.50″, bearing official Gold Art Corner Seal on rear. There is some cracking as seen in the scanned photo. However, lines are complete and colors are vivid and bold. Remember this cel was ‘HANDPAINTED’ not Xeroxed by computer.

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#DG21 – Walt Disney ‘Sword in The Stone’, 1963. This Art Corner cel of ‘Merlin’ measures 8.00″ X 9.50″, bearing official Gold Art Corner Seal on rear. There is some cracking as seen in the scanned photo. However, lines are complete and colors are vivid and bold. Remember this cel was ‘HANDPAINTED’ not Xeroxed by computer. The visual style of The Sword in the Stone is oddly hybrid, since the new Xerox(tm) technology pioneered in 101 Dalmatians dictated a rugged, graphic style; and the story was a medieval tapestry more in keeping with the visual style of Sleeping Beauty (1959). The Disney artists made up for this conflict in styles with exceptionally well-developed characters in entertaining and imaginative sequences. Many animation experts cite the battle between the wizard Merlin and his rival, Mad Madam Mim, as a highlight of not only the film, but of character animation to that date. The characters of Merlin and Mim go through a dozen transformations of their physical beings during the raucous magic duel, but maintain the definition of their characters throughout the melee. (Original Matte & Art Corner Gold Seal)