LAMINATED PRODUCTION CELS The
Courvoisier and Disney Art Programs.
scale lamination of animation production cels is something both
the Courvoisier Gallery Art Progam and the Walt Disney Art Program
resorted to as a commercial means to keep cel paint adhered to the
acetate. Lamination was also something the Walt Disney Art Program
did to their line of hand painted limited edition cels. Cel paintings
were frequently laminated on both sides of the art - although this
was not consistent as both art programs also distributed art where
lamination was done only to the back side of the cel paintings.
The products used by both wholesale distribution programs differ
as well, but both programs did exclusively use the same commercial
lamination technique and product during the period of time when
they distributed the art. With time, both lamination processes suffered
from lamination failure of one sort or another, but the lamination
failure produced by cels laminated by the Courvoisier Gallery Art
Program has little in common with the failure seen in the laminate
used by the Walt Disney Art Program.
While both lamination products and processes had their shortcomings,
that had a lot to do with inherant problems in the original materials.
As in the case with the modern art program, there is the additional
problem that the laminate chosen could not possibly adhere to the
acetate cel sheets for any great length of time. Cels distributed
from this art program often develop large canals of air pockets,
which frequently intersect in the center of the cel sheet.
Partial restoration and conservation of these cels paintings are
possible, but often time consuming. The above links will bring up
pages that display some of my repair work to the laminated art distributed
by both art programs.