Steamboat Willie animation cel

Steamboat Willie animation cel

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Black and white animation cel of Mickey Mouse at a steamboat ship’s wheel holding onto a rope. This cel was used in the creation of the 1928 short film Steamboat Willie. This cartoon is a landmark in the history of animation because it was the first Mickey Mouse film released as well as the first cartoon 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).
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Object Name
Animation Cel
cel, animation
Date made
Walt Disney Studios
place made
United States: California, Burbank
Physical Description
celluloid (overall material)
paint (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 16 in; 31.75 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Walt Disney Company
Motion Pictures
Mickey Mouse
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Movie Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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