Ursula animation cel from The Little Mermaid

Ursula animation cel from The Little Mermaid

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Hand-painted animation cell of Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid. With her back to the audience, Ursula's arms are outstretched and her right arm is bent backwards. This film is a cinematic adaption of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
The character, drawn by Disney Studios artist-animator Ruben Aquino, is a cecaelia or half woman, half octopus, and is loosely patterned after Divine, the larger-than-life female impersonator of John Waters films. Comedienne Pat Carroll voiced the character of Ursula. The cel also depicts the characters of Flotsam and Jetsam, a pair of moray eels that are Ursula henchmen. It was the final Disney feature film to use the traditional hand-painted cel method of animation and is generally regarded as the film that revived the classic Disney animated feature film.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Animation Cel
cel, animation
date made
around 1988
Disney, Walt
overall: 12 1/2 in x 17 in; 31.75 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
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catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Walt Disney Animation Research Library (through Lella F. Smith)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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