What do we sell and what not?

Many studios, starting in the 1950s, started to make copies of their best 'shots' and have artists repaint the same scene over and over again in the hundreds. Although you could say they are 'original' because they were hand painted, they were created with the sole purpose of making money. Even today, although the cartoons are made with a computer, you are still able to buy hand painted cells made in a limited edition. They are not part of animation history. It's like you take an original inspired piece of art and have somebody paint it again. Later, studios went even a step further by making high-end or even low-end colour copies of these shots and selling them to collectors. To give an example: an original cell from the Disney classic Fantasia might sell for $ 500.000,- A 'limited edition' might still cost $ 4000,- and even a sericel could cost $100. A studio has only one original, so if they keep the original in the bank and sell 300 hand painted and numbered copies at $ 2500,- a piece, it becomes clear why dealing in 'limited editions' is a worthwhile endeavour for film studios.
At AnimationNation you will find only original art used in the actual making of an animated cartoon. We select on the basis of originality, artistry, pose and expression. Beside classic pieces of animation and comic art, including works by Disney legend Carl Barks and early Disney art, we sell drawings and cells from animated cartoons from all over the world, including examples of the last hand painted animation series like Dilbert and The New Pink Panther.