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Post  James on Sun 02 Aug 2009, 5:17 pm

I think one of the nicest collectibles from Ewoks and Droids are the original animation cels. Personally I don't own any, but you can look on Ebay pretty much any time and find some nice ones, especially from Ewoks. Droids cels are harder to come by. I don't think I have ever seen any cels from the Thall Joben or Jann Tosh storylines on Ebay, so I think it's safe to say that they would be a pretty rare find.



Here is a nice example of Horville from the Ewoks episode 'Horville's Hut of Horrors'. While the cel is placed on an original Ewoks background, it is not a proper match with the cel. Horville never appeared in such a location. This mismatch is common for many of the cels that come with backgrounds.

Here is another one featuring Wicket and Chukha-Trok. With this one, there is no painted background, but there is an original sketch sheet.


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Post  darth_sidious on Sun 20 Jun 2010, 12:21 pm

I agree that animation cels are really cool - I've admired them but never bought some until this year - I bought a group of 4 cels that make up one scene, and then I framed it myself.  I think it turned out really nice - I love it because its a group shot with a bunch of different Ewoks, including main characters.





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Ewok Cels!

Post  Maureen on Mon 09 May 2011, 11:12 am

So good to find others who love these as much as I do.

If you would like to see my collection, I have them here:

http://www.ewokcels.com

If you pop by, please let me know what you think! Thanks!

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Post  darth_sidious on Mon 09 May 2011, 11:30 am

A whole site dedicated to cels - how awesome! Its great to see something like that exists - there are so many Droids & Ewoks fans and collectors out there, glad another one made it to this site to share their passion. Wink
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Post  James on Mon 09 May 2011, 10:16 pm

I absolutely love your site! After years of being limited to seeing Ewoks only in poor quality videos it's so nice to see such a large collection of high quality cels and see what the characters were meant to look like. I started buying some cels last year, and so far I have a group scene with most of the main characters in it, a Shodu and Malani cel and a sequence of 8 Latara cels. I still need to get one from Droids. I wish there were a wider range of Droids cels out there. They seem to be a lot harder to come by.
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Post  darth_sidious on Tue 10 May 2011, 12:55 am

I'd like to own some cels from Droids as well, but the reason they arent readily available is because most of them were destroyed by a fire in the location they were being stored, at least according to someone on Rebelscum that has knowledge about their history... Sad
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Post  Maureen on Tue 10 May 2011, 9:48 am

You're right DS, there are very few Droids cels that survived but I believe it was a flood at Nelvana that destroyed most of them. I have a couple of Ewoks cels that have water damage too. Of the few Droids cels that survived, most were sold to an art warehouse who produced some sericels. Over the years, they have become rarer and rarer to find.

Shane who I worked with at Rebelscum is really into Droids so he has some premier pieces. I could never afford to get the big ticket items, so I am glad there are so many Ewok cels; the prices are ridiculously low.

I noticed a few Droids items on eBay, but you have to be very careful they are not sericels.

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Post  Maureen on Tue 10 May 2011, 9:53 am

James! I have to thank you so very much for the post announcing my site on yours! You are too kind; what a great surprise to read it! I am so glad you like my website; I have been wanting to do a dedicated one for years instead of just a page on my old SW site.

I have always said my two favorite parts of my SW collection are my autographs and Ewoks cels. If I ever had to sell off my stuff, those two groups of items I would always hang on to.

Thank you so much.
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Post  darth_sidious on Tue 10 May 2011, 9:54 am

Oh right, a flood, I knew it was some type of disaster. Its a real shame - but at least there are countless Ewoks cels in the hands of many collectors.
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Post  James on Tue 10 May 2011, 9:44 pm

Your welcome Maureen! Your site is something that all Ewoks fans need to know about. I really like those re-animations! I'm wondering, how do you like to store your cels? Mine are still in the plastic bags and envelopes that they were shipped in. I need to figure out a better way to store them!
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Re: Animation cels

Post  Maureen on Tue 10 May 2011, 11:25 pm

Ah, thank you James! Making those animated gifs are so much fun... it's very cool to see what happens the first time you run it!

As for storage, since proper artists' binders are sooo expensive, I use regular scrapbooking albums. I recently found 12 all the same style on sale for $8 CDN each at Michaels -- they come with 20 pages, I think with white archival page inserts. They are made to hold 12 X 12 sheets, so the 12.5 X 10.5 cels and drawings fit, but stick out .5 inch. I just have to be careful not to bend the tops when I shelve them. What is nice with these is that you can expand them by adding more pages and posts...

To a point however...

When I first started collecting cels, I kept adding posts and expanding a single book. It got way too heavy and bulky. Now I have 12 books with my most prized cels, sorted the same way I have organized my Cels By Characters page. Those hold the 300+ that I have on that page, but I still have a lot (another 600+) I need to scan and organize; sequentials I want to create more animations with. For now they are boxed up.

What is also nice about these scrapbook pages, is that you can slide more than one cel into each page if you wish. I have some cels that are so similar, I store them together.

Here are two pics:





Hope this helps you out! Like I said, at first I wanted to get proper binders, but at nearly $ 50 each at our local art store, that was way too expensive.
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Post  darth_sidious on Wed 11 May 2011, 11:17 am

That looks like a great way to store them and browse them as you'd like - do you have any framed though, and on display?
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Post  Maureen on Wed 11 May 2011, 10:22 pm

Ha! It's funny you should ask that... often, while scanning a really GOOD one, I will say to myself "This would look GREAT on the wall"... then I look up onto my walls and wonder where the heck I would find space...

In my "Star Wars" room (half my basement), every inch of the walls are either covered in autographs or carded figures. Upstairs, where I keep my cels in the spare room (because it is flood season and I am NOT going to chance ruining them), I have my Pirates collectibles, Captain Jack posters and my Johnny Depp autograph! pirat

My craft room walls are covered too....with, er... crafty stuff.

Gad.

I need an "Ewok Room".

Hmmmm... I wonder if hubby would mind me redecorating the bedroom.... Happy Ewok

I guess for now I'll keep them in binders.

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Post  darth_sidious on Wed 11 May 2011, 10:32 pm

Haha, you should have at least one framed! Very Happy To me, they are more than animation history, they are art, if you scroll up, you'll see mine framed - its 4 separate cels making up one group shot (which I love). Its above my desk at my house, oddly enough its the only SW item I have hanging up at the moment!

PS- Do you know what episode mine is from?
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Post  Maureen on Thu 12 May 2011, 12:07 am

You are absolutely right; they ARE pieces of art... and I think that is why I love cartoons so much. I love to draw and paint too, so the huge task of creating cartoons (at least before they went digital) is not lost on me. I can't imagine the patience and talent each and every frame took to create.

I really SHOULD frame one or two.

I LOVE yours! What a great scene; yes, I do know which episode it came from, since I have a couple of characters from a few frames away from yours!!! (although I don't have all the characters in the scene like you have!) It is one of the last scenes from "Wicket's Wagon" and you can see a very similar frame right here:

http://www.ewokcels.com/wicketswagon.htm

Scroll down to the bottom and you'll recognize it I am sure!

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Princess Kneesaa

Post  Delmar Nori on Mon 16 May 2011, 11:52 pm

There's another cell on this own forum: http://droidsandewoks.forumotion.com/t65-droids-ewoks-figure-wishlist-poll



Maureen could add it to his web site. This shows Kneesaa afraid with the Stranger's fire during the episode Night of the Stranger.


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Re: Animation cels

Post  Maureen on Wed 18 May 2011, 9:36 pm

That's a great one too!

So far my site is just the cels I own, but it got me thinking, perhaps I will add a section for "guest" cels.... those from other's collections!

Hmmmm.... if I do, I definitely would love to add her! Thanks!
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Post  James on Tue 06 Sep 2011, 9:04 pm

There are a lot of really nice looking Ewoks cels on Ebay right now from this seller: jandwcollectables
I am really tempted to get some of those Ewoks cels, but I'm a little too low on cash at the moment. Plus, I just bought my first Droids cel a few days ago, so I have to resist going overboard with these. It's tough though! I post the new cel when it arrives.
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Post  darth_sidious on Wed 07 Sep 2011, 9:45 am

That seller has a few nice ones, but I hope the shipping is cheaper within Canada - shipping to the US is $21.25 for ONE cel!

I've been looking for a Droids cel, but I have yet to find one that I really like...
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