Shere Khan Cel from "The Jungle Book," 1967
A very rare, eyes open original hand painted production cel of Shere Khan from "The Jungle Book," 1967; With the Disney Seal lower right; Set on a lithographic copy of an original Jungle Book production background; Framed with two suede acid free mats, a gold and brown wood frame, and UV conservation clear glass.
Shere Khan the tiger is the main antagonist in the 1967 Walt Disney film "The Jungle Book," an adaption of writer Rudyard Kipling's series of stories. Khan was voiced by George Sanders, a veteran actor with a deep bass voice and a heavy British accent. The choice of Sanders was perfect for Shere Khan who, in the film, seemed to adopt a British gentleman persona and used British phrases such as "Good show."
Milt Kahl, the great veteran Disney animator, was in charge of bringing Shere Khan to life and so of course Kahl set out on a crash course in tigers. Kahl said in an interview: " I learned so much about tigers by studying them that I didn't have to rely on any life action crutch." From Disney animator Andreas Dejas about the animation of Shere Khan, "Great perspective walk, and I love the way the tiger lies down, upper body first, then the rear. The way he moves those front feet is worth studying alone. Such great anatomy."
This is an absolutely wonderful cel of Shere Khan and he is almost 10 inches long! He is seen walking from the left, is large paws slowly moving his massive body forward. Both eyes are open and he is wearing is ever present frown. This cel is from when Shere Khan is wondering through the Jungle when he suddenly hears Kaa singing "Trust In Me," and then goes to investigate. The Walt Disney seal is lower right, he is set on a beautiful lithographic copy of a "Jungle Book" background, and the entire work is custom museum framed.
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