Wonderful World of Animation Art Gallery
9517 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
The Bill Posters (1940)
Production cel of Goofy.
Poor Goofy canít seem to catch a break. Here we see him thrown to the ground and about to be headbutted by an angry, hungry goat. Bill Posters is a wonderful short where Donald plays the slightly bothered straight man, while Goofy constantly is being caught unaware by the sight gags. The frame measures 12.75" x 16.75" while the aperture measures 9" x 11.5".
The background was hand painted by John Basmajian to enhance the cel.
The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.
Wonderful World of Animation is honored that the Basmajian family has selected us as the exclusive gallery to represent their collection.
We all have the Basmajian family to thank for introducing the world to the joy of collecting animation art. In 1984, Disney animator John Basmajian teamed up with Christieís to launch the first ever animation art auction. Despite a court case brought by Disney days before the auction, the judge ruled that the art was rightfully Johnís and that he was allowed to sell it.
Thanks to Johnís vision to rescue these treasures and the courage to stand up for what he believed in, a new collectable was born. The auction was a huge success and made national news.
If you would like to watch videos about the news reports on the auction or see John assembling the mats used for the framed pieces available, click here.
If you would like to read more about the court case, please
There is some glue residue from the cel which can be seen as the cel has separated slightly from the background. Still in great condition for a vintage cel and we do not recommend restoration unless to move the cel back into position. The paint appears to have separated in Goofy's pants as well as in parts of the goat. There appears to be slight paint mottling and cracking in the characters. The light reflection is only visible in the web image only and is not on the actual piece.