The Aristocats , 1970

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

SOLD - Duchess & O'Malley Cel
SOLD - Duchess & O'Malley Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Duchess and Thomas O'Malley from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 84 in ink lower right; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Duchess: 3 1/4 x 4 3/4, Thomas O'Malley: 3 3/4 x 6", Image 9 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess Cel
SOLD - Duchess Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Duchess from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Duchess: 6 1/2 x 5", Image 9 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Napoleon and Lafayette Cel
SOLD - Napoleon and Lafayette Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Napoleon and Lafayette from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered R38 in ink lower right; Size - Napoleon, Lafayette, and Edgar's Motorcycle Sidecar: 8 1/2 x 14 1/4", Image: 11 1/4 x 14 1/4", Frame 21 1/4 x 23 1/2"; Framed with a silver wood frame, two acid free mats, a silver wood fillet, and plexiglass; SOLD!

SOLD - Thomas O'Malley Cel
SOLD - Thomas O'Malley Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Thomas O'Malley from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Size - Thomas O'Malley: 8 1/4 x 8", Image 9 x 12 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Edgar Cel
SOLD - Edgar Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered 31 in ink lower right; Size - Edgar: 7 1/4" x 6", Image: 9 3/4 x 13 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Thomas O'Malley Scat Cat Cel
SOLD - Thomas O'Malley Scat Cat Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Thomas O'Malley and Scat Cat from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Thomas O'Malley & Scat Cat: 5 1/2 x 4 1/2", Cel 6 1/2 x 5 1/2", Image 6 1/4 x 10 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess & O'Malley Cels
SOLD - Duchess & O'Malley Cels

Original hand painted production animation cels of Duchess and Thomas O'Malley from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Duchess & Thomas O'Malley: 5 1/4 x 6 1/2", Image 6 3/4 x 11 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Abigail, Amelia, & Uncle Waldo Cels
SOLD - Abigail, Amelia, & Uncle Waldo Cels

Original hand painted production animation cel of Abigail & Amelia Gabble and Uncle Waldo from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Abigail & Amelia Gabble and Uncle Waldo: 6 1/2 x 9", Image: 7 1/2 x 11 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess, Marie, & Madame Cel
SOLD - Duchess, Marie, & Madame Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Duchess, Marie, and Madame Bonfamille from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker and custom engraved brass title plaque; Size - Duchess, Marie, and Madame Bonfamille: 9 x 10", Image: 9 1/2 x 11 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Edgar Cel
SOLD - Edgar Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered 67 in ink lower right; Size - Edgar: 7 1/2" x 5", Cel: 12 1/2 x 15 3/4", Image: 10 x 13 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess & O'Malley Cels
SOLD - Duchess & O'Malley Cels

Original hand painted production animation cels of Duchess numbered 217 lower right and Thomas O'Malley numbered 117 lower right; Both from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Duchess: 6 x 4", Thomas O'Malley: 6 1/2 x 5 3/4", Image: 10 3/4 x 14 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Berlioz and Marie Cel
SOLD - Berlioz and Marie Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Berlioz and Marie from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Berlioz & Marie: 6 1/4 x 4", Image 8 x 5 1/2", Mat 14 x 11"; Matted with a blue acid free mat; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess Cel
SOLD - Duchess Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Duchess from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Duchess: 5 x 4", Image 5 1/2 x 4 1/2", Mat 10 x 8"; Matted with a blue acid free mat; SOLD!

SOLD - O'Malley & Scat Cat Cels
SOLD - O'Malley & Scat Cat Cels

Original hand painted production animation cels of Thomas O'Malley and Scat Cat from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker; Size - Thomas O'Malley & Scat Cat: 6 1/2 x 8 3/4", Image 8 1/2 x 12"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess Cel
SOLD - Duchess Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Duchess with effects overlay cel from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a hand prepared custom background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker and custom engraved brass title plaque; Size - Duchess: 6 1/3 x 8 1/2", Image: 9 1/2 x 11 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Edgar Cel
SOLD - Edgar Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered 93 in ink lower right; Size - Edgar: 8 1/2" x 8 1/2", Image 8 3/4 x 11 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess, Madame & Georges Cel
SOLD - Duchess, Madame & Georges Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Duchess, Madame Bonfamille, and Georges Hautecourt from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 45 in ink lower right; Set over a lithographic background; Walt Disney seal lower right; Size - Duchess, Madame Bonfamille, & Georges Hautecourt: 7 1/2 x 5 1/4", Image 10 x 15 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Napoleon and Lafayette Cel
SOLD - Napoleon and Lafayette Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Napoleon and Lafayette from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered R40 in ink lower right; Size - Napoleon, Lafayette, and Edgar's Motorcycle Sidecar: 8 x 14 1/4", Image: 11 1/4 x 14 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Georges Hautecourt Cel
SOLD - Georges Hautecourt Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Georges Hautecourt from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 73 in ink lower right; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Georges Hautecourt: 6 1/4 x 7 1/2", Image 8 1/4 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Duchess and O'Malley Cels
SOLD - Duchess and O'Malley Cels

Original hand painted production animation cels of Duchess and Thomas O'Malley from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Duchess & Thomas O'Malley: 6 x 11 1/2", Image 8 1/2 x 11 1/2", Mat 11 x 14"; Matted with a blue acid free mat; SOLD!

SOLD - O'Malley & Toulouse Cels
SOLD - O'Malley & Toulouse Cels

Original hand painted production animation cels of Thomas O'Malley and Toulouse from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Thomas O'Malley: 5 1/2 x 4 1/2", Toulouse: 2 1/2 x 1 3/4", Image 8 1/2 x 11 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Edgar Cel
SOLD - Edgar Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set over a matching lithographic background; Size - Edgar: 7 3/4" x 8", Cel: 10 x 12", Image: 11 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Edgar & Napoleon Cel
SOLD - Edgar & Napoleon Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar and Napoleon from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Numbered 44 in ink lower right; Size - Edgar: 9 1/4 x 7", Napoleon: 7 1/2 x 6 1/4", Image: 10 x 14 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Madame Bonfamille Cel
SOLD - Madame Bonfamille Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Madame Bonfamille from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Set over a lithographic background; With original Art Corner Certificate sticker and original $3 price tag; Size - Madame Bonfamille: 7 x 7 1/4", Image: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Marie Cel
SOLD - Marie Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Marie from "The Aristocats," 1970; Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 57 in ink lower right; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Marie: 4 x 4 1/2", Image: 10 3/4 x 12 1/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Edgar Ironing Cel
SOLD - Edgar Ironing Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar ironing from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set over a matching lithographic background; Size - Edgar: 5 3/4" x 4", Cel: 10 x 8", Image: 7 x 9 3/4"; Unframed; SOLD!

SOLD - Double Signed Edgar Cel
SOLD - Double Signed Edgar Cel

Original hand painted production animation cel of Edgar from "The Aristocats," 1970, Walt Disney Studios; Set over a non-matching lithographic line overlay background; Cel is hand signed by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in black marker lower center; Size - Edgar: 7" x 4 1/4", Image 9 3/4" x 12 3/4", Frame 22 1/2" x 25 1/2"; Framed using a black wood frame, three mats, and plexiglass; SOLD!

Walt Disney The Aristocats Original Production Animation Cel

Original hand painted production cels of Duchess numbered 217 lower right and Thomas O'Malley numbered 117 lower right; Both from "The Aristocats," 1970; Set over a lithographic background; Size - Duchess: 6 x 4", Thomas O'Malley: 6 1/2 x 5 3/4", Image: 10 3/4 x 14 3/4"; 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. 

Duchess is a long-haired purebred white Turkish Angora cat with blue eyes (shining like sapphires) and wearing a gold and jeweled collar that is studded with diamonds. She is the mother of three kittens; Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse and her owner is the aristocratic Madame Adelaide Bonfamille. Duchess was voiced by Eva Gabor who was a Hungarian-born American socialite and actress. Robie Lester who was an American Grammy-nominated voice artist and singer, provided the singing voice for Duchess.

According to veteran Walt Disney animator Andreas Deja:
"Duchess was animated by quite a few artists, I would say that Ollie Johnston did some of the nicest scenes, educating the kittens etc.. Frank Thomas came up with good acting scenes as well, when Duchess meets O'Malley for the first time, and when she says goodbye to him at the end of the movie. 


Milt Kahl set her basic design based on Ken Anderson's drawings. Below are a couple of beautiful exploratory sheets by Milt. As always it's great to see his mind at work in these drawings, he is trying hard to avoid formulas and to find unique arrangements of shapes that bring out her personality. There is so much knowledge of feline anatomy here, after all, Milt had just finished animation on Shere Khan and Bagheera."

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 one of the finest pair of cels of Duchess and Thomas O'Malley that I have ever seen! Both are large images, full figure, and both are eyes open (even though Duchess is looking down in a very coy fashion). A rare and beautiful setup of the famous Disney cat duo!

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