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Original Production Animation Cels of Trusty and Three Puppies from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955

Original Production Animation Cels of Trusty and Three Puppies from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955
Original Production Animation Cels of Trusty and Three Puppies from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955

Original hand inked and hand painted production animation cels of Trusty and Three Puppies set on a lithographic background from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Trusty & Three Puppies: 4 1/4 x 8 3/4", Image 8 3/4 x 11 3/4"; Unframed.

"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.

Trusty is the oldest dog in the film and he is a bloodhound and neighbor to Lady. He is a retired service dog who is very loyal, but a bit clumsy and forgetful. He was animated by Ollie Johnston and Milt Kahl, and was voiced by Bill Baucom. Jock (Heather Lad O'Glencairn) is a Scottish terrier who lives near Trusty. He is very loyal and protective of his friends. He was animated by Ollie Johnston and voiced by Bill Thompson (who had provided the voice to Mr. Smee for "Peter Pan").

Near the end of the film, Trusty and Jock feel guilty for misjudging Tramp, after he saved Jim Dear from a vicious rat. In order to redeem themselves, they rush to find the Dogcatcher's wagon to save Tramp. Jock realizes that Trusty never lost his bloodhound sense of smell and in fact his smell is so acute; that even in the rain he is able to catch the trail of Dogcatcher's wagon. Jock and Trusty are able to stop the wagon, but in the process Trusty was caught by the wheel and run over leaving him motionless. Jock tries to wake him, but Trusty does not move; leaving Jock howling for help thinking that Trusty had either been severely injured or killed. However on Christmas Day, Trusty is revealed to be alive and well with only a bandaged leg; as he and Jock join Lady, Tramp, the four new puppies, Jim Dear, and Darling in a celebration.

This is an absolutely beautiful original production animation cel setup of Trusty and the three female puppies of Lady and Tramp from "Lady and the Tramp," 1955. At the end of the film Tramp has become an official member of the Jim Dear and Darling family. It is revealed that he and Lady have had four puppies, three females and a single male puppy named Scamp. This a very nice full figure centered image of Trusty with his right front leg bandaged; after the encounter with a wheel of the Dogcatcher's wagon. He is eyes and mouth open watching all three of the female puppies of Lady and Tramp playing on the floor. One of the puppies is looking and walking towards Trusty, while the other two are rolling around on the floor. This would be a great addition to any vintage Walt Disney animation art collection!


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