Hans Walther's Animation Art
WHY I'LL DIE POOR... BUT HAPPY
Since 1992 collecting animation art has been my greatest passion. Seeing
those images from animated features and short cartoons brings back
childhood memories like nothing else can do (with the possible exception
of a catchy tune from the 1960's).
Especially "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first motion
picture my parents took me to see in the cinema, holds a special place
in my memory -and heart- and will always be my first love. When I
watched those seven little men dance, sing and play their musical
instruments to the lovely princess Snow White, I wasn't just watching a
film, I was actually THERE, in the Dwarfs' cottage with them...
When I grew older, the cartoons shown on television attracted my
attention. I just loved those Tom & Jerry cartoons, Road Runner and
Wile E.Coyote, The Flintstones, and all the others.
Of course the Disney features stayed among my favorites, especially the
romantic "The Lady and the Tramp" and the swinging
When an animation art gallery opened in Amsterdam in the early 1990's I
happened to walk by as I noticed a beautiful image of Snow White at the
wishing well. It was love at first sight. She not only sang "I'm
wishing for the one I love" to the Prince of her dreams, but also to me. When I
informed about the price of this "limited edition cel" I was
nothing less than shocked, but just looking at it brought back so many
The piece costed more than a month's salery, but I was determined to
have it. So I saved up all my money and bought it.
After that I was hooked: I learned that original artwork from Snow White
still existed, I learned about animation art galleries in America and
the auction houses, drawings and storyboards, etc., etc. I read every
book on the subject, subscribed to every animation magazine I could find,
and slowly became an "educated" collector. Yes, you can get
pretty addicted to collecting animation art...
On these pages you will find cels, drawings and layouts from different
animated films, from Snow White to Yellow Submarine, from shorts like
Tom & Jerry to Ren & Stimpy. Although Snow White remained my
favorite, I never got around to focusing on a single film or character;
I love them all!
I also included information, anecdotes and background stories to the
artwork (and the films they're from), as well as some fun links.
As I'm not married to the artwork, I'm willing to part with any piece...
for the right price. So if there's something here which makes your heart
beat faster, just let me know.
I hope you'll enjoy my website, and if you have anything to add or any
other comments, please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
All images © and TM of the respective studios.