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"Oliver and Company" Studio Replica now on sale at Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store

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Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store is going to the dogs. And the cats.

In honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the November 1988 release of "Oliver and Company ," this Hollywood Boulevard hotspot (which is located right off of the lobby of the El Capitan Theatre) is now offering a special commemorative animation cel setup that S/R Labs created which then pays tribute to this Walt Disney Animation Studios production.

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"Given that Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store was looking for a special way to celebrate this particular animated feature, S/R Labs knew we had to find just the right image to express the spirit of this story and the characters that tell it. So, before we began work on this particular Studio Replica, we first watched 'Oliver and Company' multiple times. We searched for that single frame of film which manages to perfectly sum up this hand-drawn animated feature," explained Ron Stark, Director of S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conversation Center. "Eventually we settled on this single frame that shows Dodger & Oliver standing together. Between the coolness of Dodger's gaze and the innocent way that Oliver looks back at the dog, I think this singular pose not only captures the style & tone of that 1988 Walt Disney Animation Studios production but it also does a nice job -- in a graphic sort of way -- of paying tribute to the Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist characters from the original Charles Dickens novel ."

Mind you, finding just the right image is only the beginning of the whole Studio Replica process. S/R recreates the exact production techniques that Disney's artists, painters, and inkers followed when they created the cels that were originally used in the production of that Studios hand-drawn animated features. And each of the cel setups offered in the Studio Replica line comes with a special Soda Fountain and Studio Store certificate of authenticity, and features a custom-cut hand-lettered mat reminiscent of the way artwork was prepared at the Disney Studio in the 1940s & 1950s.

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And just so you know: Given how quickly the previous Studio Replicas that S/R Labs created for Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store sold out (i.e. The Cinderella edition of 25 was gone within four days, the Captain Hook edition of 25 in just 48 hours and the Lady & the Tramp edition of 40 sold through in just three days), if you're an "Oliver and Company" fan, you probably want to beat feet for to the El Capitan before this limited edition piece of animation art sells out as well.

And once "Oliver and Company" sells out, what does the future hold for the Studio Replica series? Ron wasn't ready to spoil any of the surprises that Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store may have planned for its customers in the coming months. All he would say is that perhaps some of the other pieces that S/R Labs currently has in the works might pay tribute to Disney animated features which also have significant anniversaries coming up.

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"Maybe if people come by for the in-store signing that we'll be doing at the Soda Fountain sometime in July, I might let the cat out of the bag in regards to our next Studio Replica," Stark concluded. "But for now, I just hope everyone enjoys our 'Oliver and Company' art. Because we certainly had a lot of fun working on this one."

The "Oliver & Company" Studio Replica edition of 50 is available only at Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store. Which is located at 6384 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA. 90028.

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  • Does anyone remember those wonderful paint-it-yourself cel kits that Ren & Stimpy creator, John K., used to sell? ( http://tinyurl.com/mwgtffv  & ( http://tinyurl.com/m587mck ) They were themed to Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound, but the art was all Spumco.  I loved 'em!

    Wouldn't it be cool if Disney paid tribute to the artform that made them by releasing something similar for today's kids? Heck, I don't

    wanna sound like the cartoon equivalent of Martin Luther King Jr., but it may even make today's tots dream of a future where hand drawn and computer animation can co-exist. I HAVE A DREAM!

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