Sleeping Beauty, 1959

A great collection of original production animation cels and original production animation drawings for sale from the Walt Disney feature film.

SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 6 1/2 x 5", Image 8 1/2 x 12 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Signed Maleficent As Dragon Cel
SOLD - Signed Maleficent As Dragon Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent as the Dragon Signed Marc Davis in ink lower left; With Fire Effects overlay cel; Set on a lithographic background with lithographic overlay from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent as Dragon: 4 3/4" x 5 3/4"; Image 7 1/2 x 11 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and the Mock Prince set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose and Mock Prince: 6 3/4 x 5", Image 7 3/4 x 9 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cel
SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent and Diablo set on a lithographic matching background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; With Walt Disney Certificate; Size - Maleficent 9 1/4 x 14 1/2", Image 10 x 15 3/4", Frame 29 1/4" x 34"; Framed with a black and gold wood frame, three suede acid free mats, and UV conservation clear Museum Perfect glass; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 27 in ink lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 8 x 6 1/2", Image 11 x 15 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose Drawing
SOLD - Briar Rose Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Briar Rose in graphite pencil from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 35 in graphite pencil center and lower right; Animation ladder lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 8 x 5 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip: 5 3/4 x 7 1/2", Image 7 3/4 x 10 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Eyvind Earle Concept Painting
SOLD - Eyvind Earle Concept Painting

Eyvind Earle original concept painting of Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Gouache on board; Signed Eyvind Earle lower right; Size - Concept Painting: 5 x 15"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent & Prince Cels
SOLD - Maleficent & Prince Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent & Prince Phillip: 8 3/4 x 13", Image 10 x 16"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent Drawing
SOLD - Maleficent Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Maleficent in graphite pencil from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 21 lower center right and lower right; Animation ladder lower right; Size - Maleficent: 9 x 14 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cels
SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent's Body, Maleficent's Arm & Staff, and Diablo set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers in ink lower cel edges; Size - Maleficent & Diablo: 9 x 6 1/2", Image 11 x 13 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose & Red Bird Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose & Red Bird Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and a Red Bird set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose: 6 1/4 x 6", Red Bird: 3/4 x 1 3/4, Image 8 1/2 x 11", Mat 12 3/4 x 14 3/4"; Double matted; SOLD!

SOLD - Princess Aurora Cel & Drawing
SOLD - Princess Aurora Cel & Drawing

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel set on a hand-painted background and production animation drawing in graphite pencil of Princess Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Princess Aurora Cel: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2", Drawing: 8 x 5 3/4", Images 9 3/4 x 13 1/2", Frame 24 3/4 x 44 3/4"; Framed with a gold wood frame, two linen mats, gold fillet, and UV conservation clear glass; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose & Mock Prince Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose and the Mock Prince set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose and Mock Prince: 12 1/2 x 5", Image 13 1/2 x 10 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent/Dragon & Prince
SOLD - Maleficent/Dragon & Prince

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent as the Dragon and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent as Dragon 6 1/2" x 11 3/4", Prince Phillip 1 3/4 x 3", Image 10 x 16", Frame 30 x 34 3/4"; Framed with a black and gold wood frame, three suede acid free mats, and UV conservation clear Museum Perfect glass; SOLD!

SOLD- Prince Phillip Princess Aurora
SOLD- Prince Phillip Princess Aurora

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Cel 12 1/2 x 16", Image 7 1/2 x 7 1/2", Background 10 3/4" x 15 3/4", Mat Opening 8 x 11", Mat 16 x 19"; SOLD!

SOLD - King Stefan & King Hubert Cels
SOLD - King Stefan & King Hubert Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of King Hubert and King Stefan set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - King Stefan & King Hubert: 8 3/4 x 8 1/2", Image 10 1/2 x 10"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 261 in ink bottom right; Size - Briar Rose: 6 3/4 x 4 1/2", Image 11 x 14"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Three Good Fairies Cels
SOLD - Three Good Fairies Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Flora: 8 1/4" x 4 3/4", Fauna: 7 3/4 x 4 1/4", Merryweather: 6 x 4 3/4"; Image 10 3/4 x 16"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Flora & Fauna Fairy Cels
SOLD - Flora & Fauna Fairy Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Flora and Fauna with original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel overlay of the table and stool all set on a hand-painted background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Flora: 6 3/4" x 3 3/4", Fauna: 3 1/2 x 3"; Image 11 1/2 x 27", Frame 24 1/2 x 39 1/2"; Framed with a black wood frame, two linen mats, black fillet and UV conservation clear glass; SOLD!

SOLD - Eyvind Earle Concept Painting
SOLD - Eyvind Earle Concept Painting

Eyvind Earle original concept painting of Prince Phillip and Samson from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Gouache on board; Signed Eyvind Earle lower right; Size - Concept Painting: 6 x 15"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose and Prince Cels
SOLD - Briar Rose and Prince Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Briar Rose and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose & Prince Phillip: 5 1/4 x 4 1/2", Image 10 3/4 x 10 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Key Setup
SOLD - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora Key Setup

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora dancing set on it's key original hand painted production background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers lower background edge; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 5 3/4 x 5 1/4", Image 11 1/2 x 29"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Princess Aurora Drawing
SOLD - Princess Aurora Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Princess Aurora in graphite pencil from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 63 in pencil lower right; Size - Princess Aurora 8 1/4 x 4", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Signed Maleficent Diablo Cel
SOLD - Signed Maleficent Diablo Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent and Diablo from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Signed Marc Davis in ink lower right; Size - Maleficent & Diablo: 9" x 6 1/2", Image 10 3/4 x 15 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 79 in ink bottom right; Size - Briar Rose: 6 1/4 x 3 1/4", Image 11 x 14 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Three Good Fairies Cels
SOLD - Three Good Fairies Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Flora, Fauna, & Merryweather: 8 1/4 x 10"; Image 9 1/4 x 11 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent Cel
SOLD - Maleficent Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent 9 x 15 1/4", Image 11 1/2 x 16", Frame 23 x 27"; Framed with a gold wood frame, two linen mats, gold wood fillet, and plexiglass; SOLD!

SOLD - Prince Phillip Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 27 in ink lower right; With original Walt Disney Certificate of Authenticity and Disneyana Label; Size - Prince Phillip: 6 x 5 1/2", Image 11 x 17 1/2", Cel 12 1/2 x 30"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD- Prince Phillip Princess Aurora
SOLD- Prince Phillip Princess Aurora

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers lower cel edges; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4", Image 11 x 17"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent With Candle Cel
SOLD - Maleficent With Candle Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Maleficent: 6 1/4 x 7 1/2", Image 7 3/4 x 10", Mat 11 x 14"; Single matted; SOLD!

SOLD - Briar Rose Cel
SOLD - Briar Rose Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Briar Rose set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Briar Rose: 8 3/4 x 5", Image 10 x 10 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Three Good Fairies Drawings
SOLD - Three Good Fairies Drawings

Original production animation drawings of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather in graphite and red pencils from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 121, A99, and C-204 in pencil lower right; Size - Flora: 7 x 4", Fauna: 6 1/2 x 4", Merryweather: 6 1/2 x 4 1/2", Sheets 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Prince Phillip & Samson Cel
SOLD - Prince Phillip & Samson Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Prince Phillip and Samson set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Prince Phillip and Samson: 7 1/2 x 8 1/2", Image 8 x 10", Mat 11 x 14"; Single matted; SOLD!

SOLD - Merryweather Cel
SOLD - Merryweather Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Merryweather set on a hand-painted background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Merryweather: 6 1/2 x 4 1/2", Image 9 1/2 x 12", Frame 23 x 24 1/2"; Framed with a black wood frame, two linen mats, black wood fillet, and UV conservation clear glass; SOLD!

SOLD - King Hubert & Stefan Cels
SOLD - King Hubert & Stefan Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of King Hubert and King Stefan set on hand-painted backgrounds from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Hubert: 6 x 4 1/2", Stefan: 9 3/4 x 4 3/4", Image 12 1/2 x 15 1/2", Frame 27 x 46 1/2"; Framed with a gold wood frame, two linen mats, gold fillet, and UV conservation clear glass; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent/Dragon Prince Cels
SOLD - Maleficent/Dragon Prince Cels

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Maleficent as the Dragon and Prince Phillip set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Hand signed in ink Marc Davis; Size - Maleficent as Dragon: 4 1/2" x 5 3/4", Prince Phillip: 3 1/2 x 4", Image 10 1/4 x 15 1/4", Frame 21 x 26"; Framed with a black and silver wood frame, four linen mats, and plexiglass; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Drawing
SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Drawing

Original production animation drawing of Maleficent and Diablo from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Graphite on peg hole paper; Numbered 83 lower right; Size - Maleficent & Diablo: 9 1/4 x 8", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - King Hubert & King Stefan
SOLD - King Hubert & King Stefan

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of King Hubert and King Stefan set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Image: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4", Frame 18 x 20"; Framed with a black and gold wood frame, three linen mats, two gold fillets, and plexiglass; SOLD!

SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cel
SOLD - Maleficent & Diablo Cel

Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Maleficent and Diablo set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Maleficent & Diablo 8 3/4" x 7", Image 11 1/4" x 10"; Original Walt Disney Art Corner sticker and backing board; Unframed; SOLD!

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 Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cels of Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora set on a lithographic background from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Production numbers lower cel edges; Size - Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4", Image 11 x 17"; Unframed.

"Sleeping Beauty" is a Walt Disney animated full length feature film and was based on "The Sleeping Beauty" by Charles Perrault and "Little Briar Rose" by The Brothers Grimm. The film was the sixteenth in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it was released to theaters on January 29, 1959 by Buena Vista Distribution. This was to be the last Disney adaptation of a fairy tale for many years, both because of its initial mixed critical reception, and 

because of its initial mixed critical reception, and because of it's under performance at the box office. The Walt Disney studio did not return to the fairy tale genre until 30 years later, with the release of "The Little Mermaid" in 1989.

The film was directed by Les Clark, Eric Larson, and Wolfgang Reitherman, under the supervision of Clyde Geronimi. The story was written by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, and Milt Banta. The film's musical score and songs, featuring the Graunke Symphony Orchestra, was under the direction of George Bruns. Arrangements and/or adaptations were derived from numbers from the 1890 "Sleeping Beauty Ballet" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In addition, Igor Stravinsky's music compositions were also adapted into the film. "Sleeping Beauty" was the first animated film to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process, as well as the second full-length animated feature film to be filmed in anamorphic widescreen; following "Lady and the Tramp" four years earlier. In select first-run engagements, the film was presented in Super Technirama 70 and 6-channel stereophonic sound.

"Sleeping Beauty" introduced two characters that would become universal favorites; Maleficent and Princess Aurora. Aurora, along with Snow White and Cinderella would be forever immortalized in the public's view as the three greatest Disney Princesses. The original design for Aurora was developed by Tom Oreb, who based the character on the famed Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn; known for her thin frame and a very graceful demeanor. Marc Davis, the head animator for Aurora, would continue the development of the character by morphing her general appearance and the clothing of the heroine. The fine tuning of the character continued so that she could be combined with the very angular forms present in the Eyvind Earle hand painted backgrounds.

As with other Disney films, an actress was hired as a live-action model (as a guide for the animators) for Princess Aurora. Helene Stanley, who was also the model for Cinderella in 1950, became the model for the heroine. It is interesting to note that prior to marrying Marc Davis in 1956, Alice (Davis) designed some of costumes worn by Stanley in her acting role as Aurora.

In 1952, the professional opera singer Mary Costa, after meeting people at a party with her future husband director Frank Tashlin, auditioned for the part of Disney's Princess Aurora. Walt Disney called her personally within hours of the audition to inform her that the part was hers. The success of the film "Sleeping Beauty," owes many of those accolades to the voice of Mary Costa. Her songs were some of the most beautiful ever sung by a Disney Princess. In November 1999 Mary Costa received the Disney Legends Award, and her hand prints are now a permanent part of the Disney Legends Plaza at the entrance to Walt Disney Studios.

 

The majority of the film does not have Aurora on the big screen, but rather her disguised form Briar Rose. Even though Princess Aurora is one of the most loved of all the Disney Princesses, she has least amount of screen time of any prior Princess; only 18 minutes to be exact and during those 18 minutes she only has 18 lines.

Prince Phillip was animated by Milt Kahl and voiced Bill Shirley and Aurora was animated by Marc Davis (who was also lead animator for Maleficent) and voiced by Mary Costa. Both Bill and Mary would be live action models for Prince Phillip and Briar Rose/Princess Aurora for the animators, and their chemistry was magical on screen. In addition, their singing together was one of the many highlights of the film. As discussed by Andreas Deja, Milt Kahl did not like the job of animating Prince Phillip: "Some of you might know that Milt absolutely despised working on the prince. During one of our get togethers I asked him, how he could do such a beautiful job on a character he loathes. To my best recollection he said: 'Well, the character needs to be in the picture, I didn't like the assignment, but you do the best you can.'"

The animation of Prince Phillip by Milt Kahl was radically different than prior Princes in other films.  Phillip was an active character; speaking to his horse Sampson and Sampson understanding what he was saying.  Phillip was also seen as a child at the start of the film, had to be animated in more than one outfit, was the first Prince to use weapons against a Villain; and had to speak, interact, and sing with his love interest Princess Aurora/Briar Rose.

Also from Andreas Deja:
"As I mentioned before, Milt Kahl really didn't enjoy animating Prince Phillip. A handsome dude with a limited range for acting just didn't appeal to him. Of course he still gave it all he'd got to put a descent performance on the screen. (In reference to viewing some of Kahl's rough drawings)... It looks to me that this scene was somewhat based on live action reference, but the translation into drawn animation is incredible. Just dealing with the horse turning direction would be a real challenge. Assistant artist Dave Suding, who worked on the film, told me once that one clean up drawing with the prince on his horse took one full day. That means a second of final clean up footage would require a whole month! Incredible."

When the Walt Disney Company began to promote the theme of Princesses to the public, it was the Princess Aurora character dressed in either the blue or pink dress, that was the preferred form. For animation collectors, the opportunities to acquire cels or drawings of Princess Aurora are few and far between; let alone with Prince Phillip. These cels however, represent one of the greatest setups I have ever seen. Both Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora's are eyes open and they are full figure walking arm in arm towards their parents. They soon end up dancing on the floor of King Stephen's castle and fade into the clouds for the film's stunning finale. This would be a spectacular addition to any high end Walt Disney animation art collection!

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