This cel was given to me by my mum in September 2019 when I was home visiting her in US. Her side of the family is LA based and several of my aunts and cousins worked at Disneyland where this was bought circa 1963. The scene is Mim and Merlin in Madam Mim's cottage. The caption is Oh Roscoe, you're so brutish! The original mount is dirty and tattered as you can see in the photos.At some point in time moisture got between the acetate layers on Madam Mim's pink skirt. This area of the cel doesn't lift up, i. The layers lift to either side of the skirt only. There is a bit of pink bleed near her feet, sleeve and on purple dress bodice. The sheets could be pulled up to release the skirt layer, but I have not done this as I can't really see the point.
There are 3 acetate sheets plus the background. The cel leaves and background are held to the original backing board with two small original metal staples. If you also want it, I'm happy to include a 1950 edition of the 1938 book The Sword in The Stone by T H White which was Disney's source for the movie.
The book was described by a 1938 reviewer as a "humorous satire". It is part of an Arthurian trilogy; the other two books are The Witch in the Wood and The Ill-Made Knight.Mim makes brief appearances in The Sword in The Stone (including the battle with Merlin). Her cottage is described on page 78 as having a brass plate on the garden gate with the following inscription.
I'm puzzled by the caption as I don't know why Mim refers to Merlin as "Roscoe". I wonder whether this in an in-joke and refers to someone in the production crew or a fellow animator? Or maybe there is a "Roscoe" reference in The Witch in The Wood?
Madam Mim was animated by two of Disney's greatest animators Milt Kahl (who also designed the character, refining storyboard sketches from animator Bill Peet), and Frank Thomas. Kahl animated her first appearance in the film, her initial interaction with Arthur; while Frank Thomas oversaw her famous "Wizards' Duel" with Merlin. I've had a new conservation-quality mount made by a framer.
The original mount covered a bit more of the cel edges, so I had the new one increase the window space. The mount colour is a light green that picks up shades in the background of the cel (it looks grey in the photos, but it is a light mint green).
It is an archival mount and tapes and the framer created a mount "moat" so the original backing drops into the recess so the new mount front lies flat. The mount is wrapped in clear protective cellophane. I will also send the original mount front so you will have everything.Overall size: H 378 mm x W 417 mm. Cel visible: H 233 mm x W 296 mm. I've hand sewed a unique envelope for the cel and mount using 100% quite heavy hand felted wool which I closed and edged with a blanket stitch. The colours mimic Mim's hair and skirt - pink/red and purple. I've added a gift label by Cambridge Imprint.
It is ready to give as a gift. Please note the felt envelope should not be washed as it will shrink. I'm a design, art, and architecture writer, Contributing Editor of COVER magazine, London which focuses on luxury textiles, rugs, interiors, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts. I can also hand deliver to Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Chichester. Thanks for looking and any questions please ask.The item "Hand painted Disney production celluloid (cel) Sword in The Stone wizard witch" is in sale since Sunday, November 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectables\Animation Collectables\Animation Art\Production Art". The seller is "daisybush" and is located in West Sussex. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Canada, Japan, China, Norway, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Monaco, Maldives, Pakistan.