Jul 16, 2020 - Sale 2541

Sale 2541 - Lot 184

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
"Dewdrop Fairies." Original celluloid from "The Nutcracker Suite" scene from Disney's 1940 film release of Fantasia. Gouache on celluloid over 5-peghole stiff animation paper with partially hand-painted background of pastel, wash, and watercolor. 254x305 mm; 10x12 inches. Sheet marked "B.6. 2 in graphite, lower right. Walt Disney Productions/Courvoisier Galleries stamp on frame verso.

Fantasia's "Nutcracker Suite" segment was a masterpiece of effects animation. The name of Tchaikovsky's titular Sugar Plum Fairies from the stage ballet were changed to "Dewdrop Fairies," given dragonfly wings, and slim, delicate bodies, enlivening the foliage with their magical dewdrops. Animation director Les Clark patterned the fairies' flitting movements after hummingbird flight patterns and Disney's Ink and Paint Department created a special translucent paint that could adhere to the cels, adding an soft, ephemeral touch to the sequence.