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DescriptionSocial Lion New York City Production Painted Background by Thelma Witmer (Walt Disney, 1954). "This is the big city. My, my, what a lot of things to scare here." The Lion is King of Beasts and feared by all in Africa; yet when he allows himself to be captured and taken to America, he escapes and finds (according to Alan Mowbray's narration) "the city was not impressed with his highness. No one paid him the slightest attention." This original background painting of New York City was created by Disney background artist Thelma Witmer and it was photographed during the making of this stand-alone cartoon directed by Jack Kinney. Thelma Witmer is credited for "Backgrounds" and this original is her work. The background appears in the film at the 1:29 mark as the ship carrying the Lion enters New York Harbor. Thelma Witmer joined The Walt Disney Studios in the early 1940s directly into the background department. She received screen credit for the short Donald's Off Day (1944) and her first feature film credit came on Cinderella (1950). She created background art for shorts and features through The Jungle Book (1967). The art is in opaque watercolor on 15.5" x 11.75" skimmed illustration board. Tape stains along the bottom edge, with minor handling/edge wear. Very Good condition.
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