The film was based on the Danish fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, which tells the story of a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. The film was written, directed, and produced by Ron Clements and John Musker; with music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. The voice cast includes: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, and René Auberjonois. "The Little Mermaid, " 1989 was the final Disney film using hand painted animation cels.
Disney Studios, specifically Ron Clements and John Musker, adapted the Hans Christian Anderson story to give the villain a much bigger role. The first choice to voice the character was Beatrice Arthur who turned down the part. It was eventually accepted by veteran stage actress Elaine Stritch; however she clashed with the music stylist. The voice was finally given to Pat Caroll who described the role as, part Shakespearean actress, with all the flair, flamboyance and theatricality, and part used-car salesman with a touch of con artist. " Although I would have loved to have heard Arthur and Stritch sing "Pour Unfortunate Souls, Ursula is the absolute embodiment of Caroll and I think she was the best choice!The animation of the character was initially offered to Glen Keane, however after hearing Jodi Benson sing "Part of Your World" he wanted to animate Ariel instead and so Ursula ended up going to Disney animator, Ruben Aquino. Aquino credits Ursula as his favorite character in which he has ever worked and said, When animating Ursula, I was inspired mainly by the voice and by the story sketches, but of course, I also worked very closely with the directors (John Musker and Ron Clements) to realize their vision. Given a great voice, the scenes almost animate themselves, and that definitely was the case with Pat Carroll's amazing vocal performance. I also did a lot of research on octopus locomotion to make sure Ursula's movements were convincing. This is a matched two cel setup of Ursula's body, and a cel of her tentacles. This is perhaps the greatest portrait cel setup of Ursula in the entire film!
The image of her is perfect and it is hand signed by her animator Rubin Aquino in black ink upper left. The cels appear at the end of Ursula's first appearance in the film, when she realizes that Ariel (King Triton's daughter) may be able to be manipulated. The dialog for the cel is below. Measurements: Size - Ursula 6 3/4 x 11", Image 9 x 12", Frame 19 x 21 1/2.
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The item "1989 WALT DISNEY LITTLE MERMAID URSULA SIGNED ORIGINAL PRODUCTION ANIMATION CEL" is in sale since Wednesday, April 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Animation Art & Characters\Animation Art\Production Art".The seller is "shadowline" and is located in Durham, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.