Walt Disney Animation Studios Ink & Paint Department Creates Beautiful Cel to Celebrate Disney’s 100th Anniversary

A new cel is coming to the parks that has been created by Walt Disney Animation Studios Ink & Paint Department to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. This cel was originally announced at the D23 Expo as one of the offerings for Disney100. The original drawing for the cel was created by legendary animator and director Eric Goldberg. From this original drawing, cels have been created that are hand-inked and hand-painted using Disney-approved acrylic colors that are based on the original drawing. The result is the beautiful cel that celebrates Disney100 with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse flying high over the Walt Disney Studios, in its different iterations.

The piece is called “Time Flies: Celebrating 100 Years.” Along with showing of Walt Disney Studios, it also shows the past and the present of this legendary studio. The background evolves from black and white to vivid color, mimicking the progress that Disney films made through the years. In the background, the original Hyperion Studios can be seen. This is where both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were first created. In the middle is the Burbank Lot, commonly recognized as the Walt Disney Studios. This was the studio that was built after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Finally, Mickey and Minnie can be seen flying over the current home of Walt Disney Animation Studios, often referred to as the “Hat Building.”

“Time Flies: Celebrating 100 Years” was produced in 2022 and has a general edition of 100. These are numbered 1/100 to 100/100. The cel will be found at Disneyana at Disneyland and will soon be found at Walt Disney World Resort galleries as well.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Ink & Paint Department at Walt Disney Animation Studios continues the legacy of Ink & Paint alive by creating cels utilizing traditional methods of cel inking and painting. These are the same methods that were used when Walt Disney was creating films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. At the 2022 D23 Expo, members of the Ink & Paint Department shared about how this process worked.

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