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 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Growing up, my parents had an animation cel from the Rescuers that was from this scene:



When they sold the house I and my siblings mostly grew up in, my parents gave my sister the cel. I was always jealous of that, but my sister is at least as much, if not more, of an animation fan as I am, and she gave it a good home. Her husband is a huge Simpsons fan, and they have several cels from the show, including a great shot that has the whole family together which he got Matt Groening to sign.

Don't feel bad for me. When my mother downsized a second time, she gave me their replica of this tapestry:



My parents bought it in the '70s, and it had been hanging ever since. I am happy to have it hanging in my house now.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

It is quite staggering how animated features, particularly those from Disney, were hand crafted at a time when digital tools had not even been conceived of. Everything was electro mechanical equipment designed specifically to photograph hand drawn subject matter. The zenith of this technology was probably reached with Doug Trumbull's Slit-Scan process which took flat abstract art and turned it into a 3-dimensional effect on a 2-dimensional screen.

The amount of labor was enormous, remember before Disney perfected the Xerox process in the 60's each cel had to be hand inked as well as hand drawn and painted. In the case of Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia they used all kinds of fine art techniques on the cels, drybrushing, airbrushing, even applying real make-up on the faces! For every cel in the sequence. I think an average film from concept to completion took anywhere from 4 to 6 years. (4 being the average)

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

That Sharptooth attack one seems strange. I'd think they would animate the T-Rex, Bronto, and rock shards on seperate cels.

But then, the Mousekewitz one probably wouldn't have been as effective if treated that way. Some animators just liked living dangerously!


It's a two cel set up. The dino's are on one cel, the crumbling rocks on another cel. Character animators only animate characters, the effects department animates everything else, water, rocks, rain, wind, snow, fire, etc.

Depending on the studio sometimes an animator is given a single character to draw and if there's another character in the shot its combined with another animators drawings. Other times a single animator will animate the entire scene. (IE: multiple characters at once)

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Growing up, my parents had an animation cel from the Rescuers that was from this scene:



When they sold the house I and my siblings mostly grew up in, my parents gave my sister the cel. I was always jealous of that, but my sister is at least as much, if not more, of an animation fan as I am, and she gave it a good home. Her husband is a huge Simpsons fan, and they have several cels from the show, including a great shot that has the whole family together which he got Matt Groening to sign.

Don't feel bad for me. When my mother downsized a second time, she gave me their replica of this tapestry:



My parents bought it in the '70s, and it had been hanging ever since. I am happy to have it hanging in my house now.


Very nice, thxs for sharing. I would love to have a few Rescuers animation cels.

 
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