Race to save classic Disney cartoons

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Original drawings, Disney cartoons, Alice in Wonderland and snow white, could soon be lost to fading and decay.

The individual hand-painted sheets that were used to make the film are distorted and cracked in the course of time.

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is working with Disney to try to save the beloved images that has resulted in some of the world’s most iconic animations.

Have analysed the sheets known as cels, and to discover their composition, and to restore them.

British scientist Tom Learner of the GCI, has been quoted as saying that Walt Disney himself was a “remarkable man”, because the way in which was kept a collection of his works.

“They have been stored quite well,” he said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Friday.

“Many other studies had used them for the movie, and then they were thrown out, then it is an extraordinary resource.”

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Dr Student said that the Disney store goes from the mid-1930s and until the 1980s, when digital has taken over.

Technically speaking, the sheets with the cartoons have started to deform, which “causes the paint to pop off the sheet and crack,” according to Dr Student.

“It’s very sensitive to humidity, so when the humidity drops to a dry condition, the paint becomes very choppy,” he added.

There might be a Disney-style happy ending though, as the GCI team have found keeping the sheets in a wet environment helps the paint re-attach the sheet and restore the pictures.

“This means that the paint is safe,” said Dr Learner. “Not to break the outside and can be photographed in digital – so we’re excited.”

So, with a bit of luck, Snow White remains the fairest of them all.

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