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Cel-ular Sensation

Original animation cels from the Walt Disney studio used to be easy to come by. In fact, anyone who visited the Magic Kingdom could get one as a cheap souvenir.

"As you would walk out of the park, they would sell them for like a dollar or something," said Susan Benjamin, director of Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor. "They just gave them away. They didn't think they were anything important."

But these days, animation cels _ especially those from Disney _ are considered classic works of art. More than 30 original Walt Disney Studios production cels are being featured in a traveling exhibit and sale at Syd Entel Galleries.

Dating from the 1950s to the present, the cels capture colorful moments from Disney films such as The Prince and the Pauper, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The show also will include cels created at other studios for popular TV shows such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons from Hanna-Barbera, The Smurfs, Inspector Gadget and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

And of course, there are several cels featuring the Mouse himself.

Said gallery owner Syd Entel: "It's not a show without Mickey, right?"


The traveling exhibition and sale of animation cels, featuring original production cels from Walt Disney Studios, will run through Nov. 10 at Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. For information, call 725-1808.