Disney, unlike other studios, made their own animation paint until 1985, when The Black Cauldron was released as the last film to be made with the original Disney animation paint. Why the change? Because Disney attempted to make the switch to newer acrylic-based paint colors, only to discover it would require an entire refitting of […]

Animation history

The most historically important document in the long and extraordinary history of Disney animation will be offered for sale at auction by S/R Laboratories on October 24, 2016. “The creation of Mickey Mouse and the release of “Steamboat Willie,” the first animated sound cartoon, not only saved the Disney Studio after the loss of Oswald […]

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When recreating Walt Disney’s office for the new film “Saving Mr. Banks” the studio used four of the Courvoisier Studio Replicas to make sure the artwork on the walls was as accurate as possible. Jim Hill reports “Speaking of reproductions … A sharp eyed JHM fan earlier this week sent me a note saying that […]

Collecting

Got a call, some time back from an old campaigner who’d purchased a drawing on an online auction-like site. Said he’d paid over $800 for it and wanted to know “if its real”. “Hmm,” I thought. Why in the dickens didn’t he call first to ask. Most of the time I don’t have the luxury […]

Collecting

Many moons ago S/R Labs acquired the Disney paint system. I felt like Moses receiving the holy tablets and, in fact, the complete story is something of a miracle, you might say. I will leave the details of how that all happened to a book some day. Suffice it to say that when the late […]

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