BALOO AND KAA PRODUCTION CELS WALT DISNEY STUDIOS GOUACHE ON CEL, 1967. Original hand painted production animation cels of Baloo and Kaa from "The Jungle Book, " 1967, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a lithographic background; Unframed. "The Jungle Book, " 1967 was the nineteenth animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions and inspired by Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name. The film was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was to be the last film that was worked on by Walt Disney, as he passed away during its production.The film follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as he encounters Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear; who try and convince him to leave the jungle before the villainous tiger Shere Khan finds him. Voice actors include: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, George Sanders and Louis Prima; as well as Disney regulars such as Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Verna Felton, and the director's son, Bruce Reitherman, as the voice of Mowgli. "The Jungle Book" was released on October 18, 1967, with noted acclaim for its soundtrack that featured eight original songs: seven by the Sherman Brothers and one by Terry Gilkyson. Longtime Disney collaborator Gilkyson was the first songwriter to complete several songs which followed Kipling's book closely; however Walt Disney felt that the works were too dark. The only piece of Gilkyson's work which survived to the final film, was his very upbeat song The Bare Necessities. The Sherman Brothers were then brought in to do a complete rewrite. Disney frequently brought the composers to the storyline sessions, and asked them to "find scary places and write fun songs" that fit into the story and advanced the plot. The popular success of the film in undoubtedly due to both the music and songs, that were primarily written by the Sherman Brothers. Wolfgang Reitherman began working for Walt Disney in 1934, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. Reitherman worked on various Disney feature films produced from 1937 to 1981, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (animating the Slave in the Magic Mirror) up to "The Fox and the Hound, " where he was the co-producer. Beginning with 1961's "One Hundred and One Dalmatians, " "Woolie", as he was called by friends, served as Disney's chief animation director. In addition to "101 Dalmatians, " Reitherman directed "The Sword in the Stone" (1963), "The Jungle Book" (1967), "The Aristocats" (1970), "Robin Hood" (1973) and "The Rescuers" (1977).
One of Reitherman's productions, the 1968 short "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, " won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. In addition, all three of Reitherman's sons - Bruce, Richard, and Robert provided voices for Disney characters, including Mowgli in "The Jungle Book, " Christopher Robin in "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, " and Wart in The Sword in the Stone.
" Not only did Bruce Reitherman provided the voice of Mowgli in "The Jungle Book, but he also acted out certain scenes as live action reference for the animators. The character of Mowgli was animated by quite a few animators, however Milt Kahl set the final design and the majority of Mowgli's scenes were animated by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. Kaa, which means "snake" in Hindi, is a python who is almost always hungry and is known for being persuasive and tricky.He lives mainly in the upper limbs of trees and has the ability to hypnotize other creatures through eye contact. Kaa is often seen pursuing Mowgli, in an attempt to devour the man-cub, and he was animated by both Frank Thomas and by Milt Kahl. Kaa was the second character who was originally voiced by Sterling Holloway, the first being Winnie-the-Pooh. Holloway's voice is just so wonderful in tone and pitch, and it is hard to imagine any other person doing the character justice. Kaa is very similar to another snake character, Sir Hiss from "Robin Hood".
The two share several traits as both use hypnosis, and both suck up to the film's main antagonist (Shere Khan in Kaa's case, and Prince John in Sir Hiss's case). Exceptions are that they are different colors, sizes, and Sir Hiss wears a cape and hat. Measurements: Size - Baloo & Kaa: 6 3/4" x 9", Image 9 1/4 x 11 1/2. Condition: See pictures of the actual cels which are in excellent overall condition despite minor cel loss upper right as shown above! All items we sell are from a smoke-free/mold-free home/workplace and are in excellent condition unless otherwise noted.
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