Five Factors Affecting the Value of Animation Art
The majority of Americans grew up watching and enjoying cartoons. I am one of them, so imagine my delight when I learned that I could have a “genuine” Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse picture (or cel, as they are known) to hang on my walls. Animation art can sell anywhere from $5 to tens of thousands of dollars. So, what distinguishes one item from another?
Five primary aspects influence the worth of animation art. They are as follows:
- The Workplace
- The film or animation
- Position and personality
- Animation art type
The Studio: The animation studio, not the individual animators, is regarded as the artist. Similar studios must be selected when drawing comparisons based on their reputation, animation style, and overall output of successful cartoons.
Disney is the most well-known name in animation, with Warner Bros. coming in second, followed by Hanna Barbera and DePatie Freleng. Most of these firms have made animation style, technique, and technology advancements. For decades, they’ve worked on successful animated films, legendary characters, and television cartoons. Only a few studios can compete with these behemoths.
Yes, the history of anime wall scrolls is extensive, and writing a chapter about it would take hundreds of pages. I could, but putting it together would take a year or more. My primary goal is not to offer a chronological dissertation on anime history in its broadest sense because, as I already stated, anime history is vast.
However, it is part of my mission to give you, the readers, a simplified history of Anime. So, in this paper, I aim to provide a simplified yet enlightening picture of Anime and its history for Christians. Of course, knowing history will not make us ignorant of today’s sophistication. Furthermore, Christians must understand or trace our roots before succumbing to any temptation.
To begin with, the term “anime” is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “animation.” It is a Japanese animation style. According to the Urban dictionary, the anime style is defined by figures with proportionally huge eyes and hairstyles and colors that are exceedingly bright and exotic. The stories range from very infantile (child stuff) to mature (adult things) (violence, content, and thick plot).
It’s also worth noting that American cartoons and Japanese Anime are not the same. An anime’s plot is more complicated, but a cartoon’s plot is simpler. While cartoons are geared toward children, Anime is geared toward adults.
- The period of the movie or cartoon: The popularity of the cartoon and the period in which it was developed impact the value consideration. The Golden Years are from the beginning of Disney’s existence to the 1940s, and the Vintage Years are from the 1950s until 1967.
- Character and position: Just as the leading lady and man in a film receive the most money, the main characters in cartoons are the most sought after and prized. The character’s location enhances the art’s appeal. Many sequences in the cartoon require that the characters are on their backs, that they are very little, or that they are in other weird postures for the film to move smoothly. Despite their importance in the production of the comic, these items are unattractive to collectors.
- Scene: In cartoons or animation films, certain scenes become defining moments. There isn’t one in most cartoons. One example is when Mickey is on the mountain top in Disney Studios’ Fantasia. This scene is the film’s most memorable and visually thrilling scene. The animation work of Mickey on the mountain top is more valuable than his counterparts in other scenes from the same film. The spaghetti-eating scene in Lady & the Tramp is one of these moments.
Types of Animation Art: There is a hierarchy of animation art types in their attractiveness. The following is the order of desirability, starting with the most desirable:
- The production Art, production backgrounds, and corresponding sketches are all included in this bundle.
- A set that includes production Art and a production backdrop.
- A set of production Art and sketches to go with them.
- Production background or production cel
- Animator’s pencil drawing is a type of pencil drawing that is used to make
- Drawing of a storyboard or a layout
- Art models
- Everything else
- Hand-painted limited-edition Art and services are examples of non-production items.
These characters, cartoons, and animated films have provided us with much fun and amusement. Collecting anime wall scrolls allows you to bring these happy memories into your home.
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