Reproduction Steamboat Willie animation cel


Reproduction animation cel made for a 1988 celebration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Disney animated short film Steamboat Willie. The cel features a drawing of Mickey Mouse being sprayed with water, a scene from the film, in black ink on a transparent cellulose acetate background. Steamboat Willie is a landmark in the history of animation because it was the first Mickey Mouse film released as well as the first animated film with synchronized sound.

A celluloid (or cel) is a transparent sheet used in the process of hand-drawn animation. Characters were drawn on cels and superimposed on a fixed background image to reduce the number of reproductions necessary to produce an animation. The Little Mermaid was the last Disney feature film to use this hand-drawn method of animation. Starting with the 1990 feature film The Rescuers Down Under, Walt Disney Animation Studios began using a digital method of animation known as the Disney Computer Animation Production System (CAPS).

Date Made: ca 1988

Maker: Walt Disney Studios

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Burbank

General Subject Association: Motion PicturesSubject: AnimationMickey Mouse


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Credit Line: The Walt Disney Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0434.01Accession Number: 1988.0434Catalog Number: 1988.0434.01

Object Name: cel, animation

Physical Description: celluloid (overall material)paint (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 1/2 in x 16 in; 31.75 cm x 40.64 cm


Record Id: nmah_683736

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