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Original Production Animation Cel of Lady from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955

Updated: Jun 3, 2018

Original hand inked and hand painted production cel of Lady set on a lithographic copy of a production background from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955; Size - Lady: 3 1/2 x 3 1/4", Image 10 1/2 x 13 3/4"; Unframed.

Original Production Animation Cel of Lady from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955

"Lady and the Tramp" (released on June 22, 1955) is a full length featured animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution. The film was the 15th in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it was the first animated feature filmed in with the CinemaScope widescreen film process. The film was based on the story "Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog" by Ward Greene and tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family. Lady meets a male stray mutt named Tramp and they embark on many exciting and romantic adventures.

One evening in 1937, Disney storyman Joe Grant invited Walt Disney over to his house for dinner and ended up showed Disney a drawing he had made of his pet spinger spaniel, who was named Lady. Walt loved the drawing and suggested that Joe make a storyboard out of it; which he did and the plan was to create a new animated film, simply titled "Lady." The story that was pitched ended up being too simplistic to Walt Disney's taste, and the project was put on hold until about 20 years later.

Lady was wonderfully animated by the great Disney artist Ollie Johnston and she was voiced by Barbara Luddy. Barbara Luddy (1908 — 1979) was an American actress from Great Falls, Montana and she starred in silent pictures in the 1920s. She was also a

prolific radio performer; known for her performances on the long running radio show "The First Nighter Program" which aired from 1936 until 1953.

However, Luddy is perhaps best remembered for her voice work in Walt Disney animated films; with her most memorable role being that of Lady from Lady and the Tramp. She also performed inSleeping Beauty (voice of Merryweather), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (voice of Rover),Robin Hood (voice of both Mother Church Mouse and the Mother Rabbit), and the Winnie-the-Pooh featurettes (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, andWinnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) all of which she provided the voice for Kanga.

This is a wonderful original production animation cel of Lady sitting with her eyes and mouth open and she has a fantastic facial expression! A great addition for any collection.

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