For the first time in its 35 years of operation, Canadian animation shop Nelvana Studios is opening its animation cel art archives to collectors at artexpo in New York, which begins on Feb. 29 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The studio behind such classic animated series as Babar, Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.s and Rock & Rule will offer looks at original hand-painted animation cels, drawings and gouache and watercolor backgrounds, including full keyed set-ups, at Booth #2534.
The most memorable scenes from many of Nelvana’s movies and television series have been hand-selected from its production archives. The material has been meticulously documented and will include commemorative seals and certificates of authenticity.
‘For the past five years, we have been cataloguing our animation archives preparing for this opportunity to bring a treasure trove of never-before released original and documented animation art to the collector’s marketplace,’ says Nelvana Enterprises president Doug Murphy, who is coordinating the sale on behalf of the Nelvana Studios. ‘Attendees at the exposition this year will experience for the first time the art of some of their favorite television shows and movies.’
Properties that will be on display include Babar, a series beloved in France and around the world; Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.s, which is based on the popular comic book series by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi; Rock & Rule, the first all-Canadian animated feature film with music from Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick and Earth, Wind & Fire; Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, a program based on Mark Schultz’s comic book series Xenozoic Tales; and the cult classic My Pet Monster.
Founded in 1971 by Michael Hirsh, Clive Smith and Patrick Loubert, Nelvana is one of the world’s leading international producers and distributors of children’s animated content. Owned by Corus Ent. Inc. the company’s properties also includes the classic Franklin, as well as new shows including Jane and the Dragon and Grossology.