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cel #4 - Shoe, Eggs, and Fish from The Boxtrolls
drawn and inked digitally (printed inks)
time taken: an embarrassingly long time
currently doesn’t have a background (top image is the scanned cel on top of the digital background)

the last of the currently released laika films. went for that classic xeroxed rough animation look since i can imagine the boxtrolls would have been animated that way if it had been made with cels. three characters is a lot for an individual cel, but i wasn’t willing to print them separately

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I’m glad you guys enjoyed my last set of cel photos, so without further adieu…
004955 from Mirror, Mirror, on the Ed
This cel is a bit of a mystery to me. As indicated in my last post, some cels that were put up for sale have layers from different parts for an animation sequence. I thought this might have been the case with this particular cel because the Eds don’t make these expressions simultaneously but upon further re-watching, they aren’t making these expressions at all during the episode. By the looks of it, this cel was probably from a cut made between Ed’s impression of Eddy and Edd’s impression of Ed. What sequence could have been developed up to the point of being sent off to be painted that never made the final cut? Its a pretty long scene so I suspect it was leaned down for pacing. Seeing as Eddy is shooting a smart-ass smirk in Edd’s direction, my guess is that Eddy was intended to deliver another impersonation line.
Regardless of the origin of this cel, I love the characterization going on (from an episode centered around characterization no less) The way each of the Eds are smiling is a little snapshot of their character: Everything about Eddy’s body language is flirtatiously jeering, Edd is politely covering his mouth while laughing (presumably at his own expense but he loves his friends so hes able to take the joke), and Ed is positioned as a spectator, amused by the perpetual entertainment his friend’s provide him with.
Just a quick note on the background too. I really like the philosophy for backgrounds in the show where background details are seen from a kid’s perspective (When you’re twelve and your primary focus is the pursuit of jawbreakers, you don’t give a shit about what the wallpaper looks like) Even in the abstract backgrounds of the first season, roads have been one of the few outliers to receive a textured rendering. I also really like how the colour of the sky bleeds ever so slightly on to the fence and bush. Not only does that offset help establish foreground from background, it gives the atmosphere of a harsh summer light.

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cel #3 - Norman Babcock from ParaNorman
drawn and inked digitally (printed inks)
time taken: approx 5 - 6 hours collectively
currently doesn’t have a background (top image is the scanned cel on top of the digital background)

can’t have one laika movie without the others. maybe someday i’ll frame it and hang it somewhere - nothing says “home sweet home” like pictures of dead raccoons