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Original Production Animation Cel of Thomas O'Malley from "The Aristocats," 1970
Original hand painted production animation cel of Thomas O'Malley from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 31 in ink lower right; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Thomas O'Malley: 6 x 6 1/4", Image: 8 1/2 x 15"; Unframed.
"The Aristocats," 1970 is an animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions. This was the last film project to be approved by Walt Disney himself, as he died in late 1966, before the film was finally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on December 11, 1970. "The Aristocats" featured the voice talent of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, and Roddy Maude-Roxby.
The film is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe, and centers around a family of aristocratic cats. After the mistress's butler kidnaps them (to gain his mistress' fortune which was intended to go to the cats) an unlikely alley cat acquaintance helps them escape and be returned to their home.
Abraham DeLacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley (simply known as Thomas O'Malley) the alley cat was also animated by Ollie Johnston and Milt Kahl. O'Malley was marvelously voiced by Phil Harris, who was an American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor, and comedian. Harris also worked as a voice actor for two other Walt Disney animated feature films: "The Jungle Book," 1967 as Baloo the Bear and "Robin Hood," 1973 as Little John (another bear).
This is a wonderful original production cel of Thomas O'Malley. He is eyes and mouth open, giving a very hesitant look to the right. An absolutely beautiful image of the famous cat and a great addition to any animation art collection!
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