Original Production Animation Cel of Toulouse from "The Aristocats," 1970
Original hand painted production animation cel of Toulouse from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 25 in ink lower right; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Thomas O'Malley: 3 x 4 3/4", Image: 9 x 15 1/4"; Unframed.
"Now, Toulouse, you go and start on with your painting." - Duchess
"Toulouse: Yes, mama. [Hissing]" - Toulouse
"[offscreen] Mama, may we watch Toulouse paint... before we start our music lesson? Please?" - Marie
"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.
Toulouse is the oldest of the three kittens, he has green eyes, orange fur, a lighter orange stomach, and he wears a bright blue bow tie around his neck. He aspires to be an alley cat and he is known to puff up his chest and hiss to prove he is tough. Toulouse is a city in Haute-Garonne region of southwestern France; and because he aspires to be a painter and paints daily, he was very likely named after the famous French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrc. Toulouse was animated by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas and voiced by Gary Dubin.
This is a wonderful original production cel of Toulouse. He is full figure, eyes and mouth open, and looking down from his perch covered by a piece of lace. An absolutely beautiful image of the very artistic kitten and a great addition to any animation art collection!
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