Original Production Animation Cel of Cruella De Vil & BG from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," 1961
Original hand painted production animation cel of Cruella De Vil set over a matching preliminary production background with line overlay cel from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," 1961, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Cruella De Vil: 9 1/2 x 7", Image 10 x 14", Frame 28 1/4 x 31 1/4"; Framed using a black wood frame, two suede mats, and UV conservation clear glass.
"The police are everywhere. I want the job done tonight!" - Cruella De Vil
"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" ("101 Dalmatians"), is a 1961 full length animated feature film by Walt Disney Productions. It was adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same name. It stars Rod Taylor as the voice of Pongo and Cate Bauer as the voice of Perdita; with Betty Lou Gerson as the voice of the evil and villainous Cruella de Vil. The animation of all the characters from the film was quite extraordinary.
The film "Sleeping Beauty," 1959 was very expensive to make and it took a huge financial loss at the box-office; as a result, the Disney animation studio was considering closing. During the production of "Sleeping Beauty," Walt Disney told animator Eric Larson: "I don't think we can continue, it's too expensive." Because Disney's entire company was based on animation, he was looking for a way to continue with animation, and at the same time significantly reduce costs.
The animator Ub Iwerks had been experimenting with Xerox photography to aid in animation process. By 1959 he had modified a Xerox camera to transfer the drawings by the animators, directly onto animation cels. The process would preserve the spontaneity of the penciled drawings but eliminate the inking process, thus saving time and money. However, the limitation was that the camera was unable to deviate from a black scratchy outline, and the resulting cels lacked the fine lavish quality of hand inking.
Cruella along with Maleficent are two of the most favorite of all the Disney villains, and they were both animated by Marc Davis. The character of Cruella De Vil was created by Dodie Smith for his novel "101 Dalmatians" in 1956, but it was Davis's visual interpretation that the world remembers. Although some of Cruella's traits were based in the novel, Davis along with Bill Peat, morphed the character by making her razor thin and exaggerating her oversized coat onto her thin frame. The long cigarette holder was modeled on one Davis used himself. Inspiration was also drawn from Hollywood legends Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, and Rosalind Russell. Movement, according to Davis, was consistent "like someone you wouldn't like," and another inspiration was based on "one woman I knew who was just a monster. She was tall and thin and talked constantly - you never knew what she was saying, but you couldn't get a word in edgewise."
The voice of Cruella was provided by Betty Lou Gerson. She had worked for Disney prior as the narrator for Cinderella, but her voice talent as Cruella De Vil is her tour de force! The highly pitched phrase "Anita Darling!" is completely iconic and has become part of Disney pop culture.
This is absolutely perfect cel of Cruella De Vil; both arms are raised, her eyes and mouth are open, she is wearing her classic mink coat, and holding her cigarette with holder in her right hand. The cel is from the scene after Horace and Jasper have dognapped the fifteen Dalmatian puppies of Pongo and Perdita. Those puppies, plus an additional 84 Dalmatian puppies that Cruella had purchased from pet stores, are all hidden away at Hell Hall, Cruella's abandoned and dilapidated family estate. Cruella shows up at the house and wants Horace and Jasper to kill the puppies immediately because as she yells "The police are everywhere. I want the job done tonight!" This is a great cel of Cruella and she is placed on a preliminary production background with the original line overlay cel. A great addition and stand out for any animation art collection!
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