First Aiders (1944)|
Production cel of Pluto and Figaro.
Plotting Pluto raises his leg to scoot little Figaro out of the way. Throughout the Disney shorts, Pluto has many masters. In this fun production cel, he rushes to help Minnie practice her first aid skills.
The frame measures 19.5" x 25.5" while the apertures measure 8" x 9" and 8" x 7.5".
The backgrounds were 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
Cel has become slightly wavy which is fairly common for vintage animation cels. The light reflection is only visible in the web image only and is not on the actual piece. There is a slight paint crack in Pluto's front foot, but there is no paint loss.