DISNEY STUDIO "MICKEY 60TH" LITHO SIGNED BY JOHN HENCH

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  • Sold Date: Dec 09,2007
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Disney Mickey Mouse Special Edition lithograph. Issued in 1988, this very colorful lithograph of Mickey was created from the original artwork of Legenday Disney artist and Imagineer John Hench. The lithograph was produced to celebrate both Mickey's 60th Birthday and the Disney Companys announcement that it was going to build a new theme park in France called Euro Disney (today known as Disneyland Paris). The lithograph pictures Mickey standing with his hand on top of the world globe with the French flag indicating the location of the new theme park. On the wall behind Mickey are photos of Mickey through the years and on the table by the lamp are Mickey's 60th birthday cards. This lithograph was produced exclusively for Disney Studio castmembers. It was issued in a limited individually numbered edition of 4,200. Only a limited number from that edition were signed by John Hench the rest were sold unsigned. I purchased this lithograph from an employee of the Disney Studios. T is no certificate of authenticity. It is in "like new" condition and measures approximately 25" X 31". It is signed in pencil by John Hench on the bottom right hand corner of the litho. Buyer pays $9.50 Priority insured shipping within the U.S. International shipping is not available for this lithograph.

John Hench , whose career at Disney spanned almost 65 years, began his animation career at Disney in 1939 in the story department before moving on to backgrounds, layout, art direction and effects animation on movies such as Fantasia , Dumbo , The Three Caballeros , Make Mine Music , The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad , Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan . He helped create the special effects on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea , which won an Academy Award in 1954. That same year John would be asked by Walt Disney to join the staff of WED Enterprises(today known as Disney Imagineering). "I want you to work on Disneyland, and you're going to like it," Walt said. John's first project was working on the creation of Tomorrowland. He would become one of Imagineering's chief designers and played a key role in the creation of every Disney theme park worldwide.

He would assist Disney in other projects as well. In 1960, John helped with the four exhibits Disney presented at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

John was also Mickey Mouse's official corporate portrait artist, having painted Mickey's portrait for his 25th (1953), 50th (1978), 60th (1988), and 70th (1998) birthdays. In 1990 the Disney Company honored John Hench by naming him a Disney Legend. John was still working at Disney Imagineering when he passed away in 2003 at the age of 95.

Walt Disney once said "You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality".

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