Original art from unforgettable Disney movies

If, like us, your go-to source of comfort is a Disney film, we've got the perfect collection for you. Featuring vintage animation art from behind the scenes of the world's best-loved Disney films, our Disney Vintage collection includes model sheets, hand-painted cels and much more. 

Created by hand by some of history's leading animation artists, these incredibly special pieces make a unique and heartfelt gift. Our selection features works from classic films like Pinocchio (1940), Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). These were the movies that made history: Pinocchio set new levels of innovation for effects animation, while Sleeping Beauty was the first animated film to be photographed in the new Technirama 70mm widescreen process. 

For more groundbreaking artworks, get in touch. Many of these rare and collectable pieces are not yet listed online. 

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

Released in 1961, One Hundred and One Dalmatians quickly became a box office success, not least because of the enjoyably repulsive character of Cruella de Vil. Amongst what The New York Times called a 'frame of warm family love, human and canine', the sinister London heiress delighted and thrilled viewers in her ruthless pursuit of the dalmatians' fur, symbolising the greed and vanity that are the hallmarks of every good Disney villain. 

Marc Davis, the animation artist who brought Cruella to life from Dodie Smith's original 1956 novel, experimented with different hair styles and fur coats for the eccentric villainess, before settling on the fabulous aesthetic we know and love today. Using the character actress Mary Wickes as a live action reference, he captured Cruella's frenetic energy (and driving skills!) through sketchy lines and strong angles, particularly in her high cheekbones and model-thin limbs. 

This original production cel - which would have been hand-painted by Walt Disney Animation Studios' artists on a piece of celluloid acetate before being photographed over a background painting to create a frame in the finished film - shows Cruella in an iconic pose. Clad in her trademark fur coat and red gloves, she clutches her opera-length cigarette holder with a snarl on her face. A rare opportunity to own a real piece of history from a classic Disney film, this sought-after scene is a fantastic addition to any art collection. 

Featured art: 'Cruella de Vil', £2,995. An original production cel from the 1961 Disney film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. 

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