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DescriptionSleeping Beauty Pan Production Background (Walt Disney, 1959). Sleeping Beauty, Disney's 16th animated feature, took almost ten years to complete, and was the studio's first animated movie to be filmed in Techiram Widescreen. It was originally released on January 29, 1959. The success of the film was no doubt due in part to the remarkable artists involved in its making. This hand-painted production background is from the making of the classic fairytale. Background painters under the supervision of color stylist Eyvind Earle include; Frank Armitage, Al Dempster, Bill Layne, Dick Anthony, Richard Thomas, Thelma Witmer, Walt Peregoy, Ralph Hulett, Fil Mottola, and Anthony Rizzo. A truly legendary collection of talent. The background appears at the 1:01:37 as good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather sneak into Maleficent's castle to free Prince Phillip. It is painted in gouache on 24" x 12" background board that has been trimmed along the right side. The lower right border is marked "2nd Stop 5150" in graphite. This film was Disney's most ambitious and expensive to date and no effort was spared in creating the artwork for it. Every aspect of this film is beyond beautiful and with the advent of Xerography it represents the last animated film to feature production art of this caliber of technique and refinement. The art shows handling and has tape residue along some of the borders. Condition is Very Good.
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