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Ursula the Sea Witch Animation Cel

Ursula the Sea Witch Animation Cel

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Description (Brief)
This hand-painted animation cel depicts two moray eels named Flotsam and Jetsam and of Ursula the Sea Witch, the underwater villainess of the 1989 animated feature The Little Mermaid.
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
overall: 12 1/2 in x 17 in; 31.75 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Walt Disney Animation Research Library (through Lella F. Smith)
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Movie Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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