DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: AMONG FRIENDS
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s Animated Film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and features Snow White surrounded by her new friends the seven dwarfs.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Each Treasures On Canvas Collection Features stunning Limited-Edition artwork by many of your favorite artists. All titles are released in limited editions of 1500 and arrive beautifully gallery-wrapped and come complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. Officially Licensed artwork by Disney.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Humphries passion to become an artist began as a youngster growing up in Tampa, Florida. Michael knew his destiny was to draw and paint, and when his family moved to Long Beach, California, his artistic abilities blossomed. Throughout high school, Michael sought every opportunity to observe nature and create art. While in his second year of college, Michael was drafted and served as a member of the Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division’s Combat Art Team in Vietnam. Upon his return, Michael continued his art education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he currently teaches.
Michael’s professional career began at Walt Disney Studios. While still a student at Art Center, Michael was asked to join Disney’s Feature Animation team as a background artist. Michael’s film credits include The Great Mouse Detective, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as Academy Award® winners Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Lion King. He continued with Disney as art director for The Steadfast Tin Soldier segment of Fantasia 2000, as well as two musical shorts, One by One and the Academy Award® nominated short film The Little Match Girl. Michael was nominated for an Annie Award as production designer on Sony Pictures’ first 3D animated movie, Open Season. For his dedication to the art of animation, Michael was elected to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Michael’s paintings exhibit his fascination with the American landscape and continue to remind us to examine intimate designs in our world that we take for granted while inspiring us to discover those “little things” in nature as well. His attention to detail draws viewers into his paintings and compels them to stay awhile.
Michael resides with his wife and daughter in Studio City, California. Sagebrush Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah, reproduces his fine art prints.
ABOUT THE FILM: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film about a lonely princess living with her stepmother, a vain Queen. The Queen worries that Snow White will be more beautiful than her, so she forces Snow White to work as a scullery maid and asks her Magic Mirror daily "who is the fairest one of all". For years, the mirror always answers that the Queen is, pleasing her, until Snow White comes along.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the 1812 German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length cel animated feature film and the earliest Disney animated feature film.Snow White premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, California on December 21, 1937, followed by a nationwide release on February 4, 1938. It was a critical and commercial success, and with international earnings of $8 million during its initial release briefly held the record of highest-grossing sound film at the time. The popularity of the film has led to its being re-released theatrically
many times, until its home video release in the 1990s. Adjusted for inflation, it is one of the top-ten performers at the North American box office and the highest-grossing animated film.
Snow White was nominated for Best Musical Score at the Academy Awards in 1938, and the next year, producer Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar for the film. This award was unique, consisting of one normal-sized, plus seven miniature Oscar statuettes. They were presented to Disney by Shirley Temple.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it as one of the first 25 films for preservation in the National Film Registry. The American Film Institute ranked it among the 100 greatest American films, and also named the film as the greatest American animated film of all time in 2008. Disney's take on the fairy tale has had a significant cultural impact, resulting in popular theme park attractions, a video game, and a Broadway musical.