Cel is short for celluloid acetate, the transparent material upon which traditionally animated films are created. Each movement of a character requires an individually hand-painted cel. One or more cels are then laid over a background painting and photographed in an animation camera to create a frame of the finished film. By painting on clear cels, animators are able to create the illusion of life as characters move throughout the environment created by the background painting.

Through our affiliation with the world’s leading animation studios, Animation Connection offers our collectors an opportunity to own these one-of-a-kind cels, as well as several types of limited edition cels.

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