Every piece of art we sell either has a Certificate
of Authenticity (COA) issued when the piece was
released or a COA issued from The Cricket Gallery.
What pieces of art have a studio issued COA,
signatures, or seals can be very confusing. Vintage
art was not released through an official art
program. Studios that do have programs such as Hanna
Barbera have released cels with and without
signatures, COA’s and seals. We have the advantage
of a long history in the animation art market and
are well informed about what the authenticate
process was for a particular piece. When you
purchase from The Cricket Gallery you can be sure
We are experts in the field of Animation Art.
Michael Halbreich has done the authentication for
Sotheby’s auction house for the animation art
auctions. We have personally handled more animation
art than almost anyone in the business.
We were the original distributors for much of the
artwork on the market including Simpsons, Hanna
Barbera, Nickelodeon and MTV.
Gallery issued COA’s are just pieces of paper unless
backed up by someone substantial. Anyone can print
up a certificate of authenticity and many folks
think it is some sort of legal document, which it
isn't. Our certificates are so highly regarded,
however, that they have been known to be forged
We have an authenticity guarantee. You will receive
a total refund if any of our pieces are found to be
Please call or email us with any questions and
Production Cel - The Cel, short for celluloid,
is the final step in the creation of characters for
an animated film. Each Production Cel is a
hand-painted work of art on a clear sheet of acetate
(usually 12" x 10" or 16" x 12"). These Cels
are one-of-a- kind pieces, which, when photographed
and replayed sequentially, create animated motion.
Limited Edition Cel - Limited Edition Cels are
created using the same techniques as Production
Cels, for the sole purpose of being enjoyed as works
of fine art. These cels replicate important
scenes from films, or present popular characters in
new and amusing situations. Limited Editions
are frequently signed and/or come with studio seals
to ensure authenticity.
Production Drawing - Production Drawings are the
building blocks of animation; through these
drawings, the animator carefully plans the look and
movement of each character. Drawings are
refined (often using different colored pencils)
until the animator is satisfied with the look,
detail, and degree of motion for each character; at
this point, cels are created by tracing or
xerographically reproducing drawings onto clear
acetate. Production Drawings provide perhaps
the most intimate look in the animation process.
Master Production Background - A Master
production Background is a painting used as
background scenery in an animated film.
Usually rendered with watercolors onto heavy paper,
these backgrounds are considerably more scarce than
cels, as many hundreds of cels may be photographed
over a single background to create on scene in a
Non-production Background - Non-production
Backgrounds are any of a number of hand-painted or
reproduction backgrounds used to put cels in
context. These backgrounds are used for
display purposes only, and did not appear in any
animated film. Courvoisier and Studio Prepared
backgrounds are included in this category.
Model Sheets - Model Sheets are drawings of a
single character (or grouping of characters) showing
a variety of attitudes and expressions, created as a
reference guide for animators. Most surviving
Model Sheets are photographic reproductions of a
single original which were provided to the animators
as a film was being drawn.
Sericels - Sericels are limited edition cels
that are neither hand-inked nor hand-painted.
To produce a sericel the lines and colors of
original or newly created drawings and paintings are
transferred onto acetate via a screen-printing
process known as serigraphy.