c1994 Walt Disney Original Production Portrait of Pocahontas


A beautiful and very desirable original Disney layout production drawing (there were many artists, so it is difficult to ascribe anyone) of the close-up portrait Native American Indian woman Pocahontas, from the celebrated film by the same name.

The drawing is accomplished in graphite and red coloured pencil on untrimmed animation paper. It is in fine condition and complete with the Walt Disney Studios reference marks.

The drawing was obtained from a Hollywood memorabilia auction and has been tastefully mounted and framed. The full sheet, with the production marks, has been hidden, but can be revealed by opening the frame. For information purposes, we are including both the unframed and framed images. Condition is very good with just some period stains on the edges.

Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 33rd Disney animated feature film, the film is part of the era known as the Disney Renaissance which lasted from 1989 to 1999. Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, the film is inspired by the known history and folklore surrounding the Native American woman Pocahontas and portrays a fictionalized account of her historical encounter with Englishman John Smith and the Jamestown settlers that arrived from the Virginia Company. The voice cast features Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, Russell Means, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, and Linda Hunt. The musical score was written by Alan Menken, with songs written by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

Pocahontas was released on June 23, 1995 to a mixed reaction from critics, who praised its animation and music but criticized its story and historical inaccuracy. Nevertheless, the film was a commercial success, grossing $346 million at the worldwide box office. Pocahontas received two Academy Awards for Best Musical or Comedy Score for Menken's score and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind".

Size original sheet: 43 x 32 cm (17 x 12 ½ inches)
Size image: 31 x 24 cm (12 1/8 x 9 ½ inches)
Size frame: 47 x 35 cm (18 ½ x 14 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 1130 g