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This hand-painted circular cel was produced for Walt Disney's Bambi (1942), and is dedicated to the NASA astronaut, James Irwin.
Walt Disney was fascinated by space travel and in 1965 visited Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he possibly met James Irwin for the first time. Irwin would walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. He became the first official rider of Space Mountain when it opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1975.
Walt Disney's signature has been verified by Howard Lowery.
Disney Studios animation cels that were released through Courvoisier Galleries. From 1937 through 1946 Disney Studios prepared a number of pieces of animation art for sale by Couvoisier Galleries of San Francisco. Many times, a woodgrain, watercolor, or airbrush background was created to be used in conjunction with a particular cel. These have come to be referred to as Courvoisier backgrounds.