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Melody Time, 1948

A great collection of original production animation cels and original production animation drawings for sale from the Walt Disney feature film.

Melody Time Pecos Bill Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Pecos Bill from "Melody Time," 1948, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Pecos Bill & Hat: 8 1/2 x 6 1/2", Image 8 3/4 x 9 3/4"; Unframed.

"So Yippie-aye-ay, aye-ay! Yippee-aye-o!" - Pecos Bill

"Melody Time," 1948 is a live-action animated film and was the tenth feature film released and produced by Walt Disney. The film was released by RKO Radio Pictures on May 27, 1948. According to Walt Disney the film follows: "In the grand tradition of Disney's greatest musical classics, such as Fantasia, Melody Time features seven classic stories, each enhanced with high-spirited music and unforgettable characters... feast for the eyes and ears, wit and charm... a delightful Disney classic with something for everyone."

The seven classic stories include:

"Once Upon A Wintertime" which features Frances Langford

singing the title song about two romantic young lovers (Jenny and Joe) during the month of December.

"Bumble Boogie" is a surrealistic battle for a solitary bumble bee as he tries to ward off a visual and musical frenzy by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra as they play a swing-jazz variation of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee.

"The Legend of Johnny Appleseed" tells the story of John Chapman, who lived during pioneer days in the Mid-West and earned his famous nickname because he planted so many apple trees. Dennis Day narrates the story and provides the voice for both Johnny and his angel.

"Little Toot" is based on the story by Hardie Gramatky about a small tugboat (Little Toot) who wanted to be just like his father, Big Toot; but who just could not stay out of trouble. The singing group the Andrew Sisters provide the vocals.

"Trees" is a segment featuring the recitation of the 1913 poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer with music by Oscar Rasbach, and performed by Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians. To preserve the look of the original story sketches, Walt Diseny animation layout artist Ken O'Connor used frosted cels and rendered pastel images directly onto the celluloid. The cel was then laminated with clear lacquer to protect the pastel during the filming process, and the result was unique to animation of the time.

"Blame It on the Samba" brings back to the screen Walt Disney cartoon stars Donald Duck and Jose Carioca as they meet the Aracuan Bird, who introduces them to the samba. The music is the 1914 polka Apanhei-te, Cavaquinhoby Ernesto Nazareth that was altered to English lyrics. The Dinning Sister provided the vocals and Ethel Smith appears in the live-action role.

"Pecos Bill" was the final and longest (22 minutes) segment of the film and focuses on the Texas hero Pecos Bill, who was raised by coyotes and would later become the biggest and best cowboy that ever lived. The story also stars his horse Widowmaker and tells the story of his ill-fated and instant romance with a beautiful woman named Slue Foot Sue. The segment features Western stars of the day Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, Trigger, and Sons of the Pioneers explaining to two kids Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten why coyotes howl at night; and in the process end up telling the story of Pecos Bill.

Pecos Bill was animated by Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl and the character was portrayed by Wally Boag in the live action Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland. The live action Western entertainment show would become the longest running stage production in history, running from Disneyland's opening day July 17, 1955 to October 12, 1986.

This is a rare and wonderful cel of Pecos Bill from the vintage 1948 feature film "Melody Time." He is wearing his pink long-sleeved shirt, grey vest, green bandanna, his eyes are open, and a cigarette is hanging out of his mouth. He is firing his pistols into the air and his black cowboy hat is floating above and to the left of his head. A very action packed image and an absolutely phenomenal piece of original animation artwork perfect for any collection!

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