Disney's leading ladies have enchanted us for generations, but none as much as the classic characters of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Alice. It was the artistry and personality of these amazing women that transported us into fairy tale lands and made us feel for make-believe characters. Now, we are able to celebrate these characters in a sericel which captures both the exquisite animated form and pays homage to the voice talent who brought the characters to life. Each background is hand-signed by all three voice talents represented in the imagery- Ilene Woods (Cinderella), Mary Costa (Sleeping Beauty), and Kathryn Beaumont (Alice). This edition is the first in a series of two (the second is planned for September 2000 and will feature three of the Disney renaissance leading ladies) and features three of the most popular Disney princesses in a new oversized format in a small edition size.
This sericel edition, "Disney's Leading Ladies I," showcases the title heroines of Disney's classics Alice and Wonderland (1951), Cinderella (1950), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). The background level features exquisite development art for each of the features by renowned artists Mary Blair, Marc Davis, Ken Anderson, and Eyvind Earl.
The animated features of the 1950s showcased some of Disney's most diverse and uncharacteristic art and artists, Mary Blair specialized in a strong graphic and color styling (Walt Disney was always frustrated that the bold confidence of Blair's development art couldn't translate directly to the screen). Ken Anderson had an unerring eye for characters and characteristic behavior that would translate well to the animator's pencil, and in turn to the audiences. Marc Davis had a unique combination of talents - strong drawing skill and knowledge of anatomy combined with a gag-man's infallible sense of story humor. Eyvind Earle's bold graphic design was so distinctively beautiful that Walt for the first time allowed a single artists' style to become the production design of an entire feature (Sleeping Beauty).
The three young actresses Walt chose to voice the heroines depicted in "Disney's Leading Ladies I" were equally as interesting and diverse. Disney was so impressed with the warmth and humor which Kathryn Beaumont brought to Alice, he immediately cast her again, as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan (1953). Ilene Woods brought both a modern strength and timeless warmth to her work in Cinderella. Mary Costa's discovery by Walter Schumann ended a three-year search for Princess Aurora, and began Costa's career on the international opera stage.
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