Friday, May 15, 2009

Animation cels

I recently bought several animation cels of the Mother Goose and Grimm series that CBS aired back in 1991, so I thought now would be a good time to write about them.

Until the early 2000s, most hand-drawn cartoons were painted on cels, which are clear plastic sheets, usually about 10" x 12" big.

After the animation drawings are cleaned up, they are either inked directly onto cels or xeroxed. Then they flip the cel and add paint to it.

Here's the front:

And the back, where paint is applied:

After they are painted, the cels are then placed over the background art and photographed to create one frame of animation.

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