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TELEGRAPH-UK Disney has called in a British art conservation expert to save priceless original film cells from some of their most beloved animations from being lost to the ravages of time.
Films such as Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland were hand-painted, frame by frame, on plastic sheets.
Some of these cells are more than 80 years old and have started to warp, causing the paint to flake.
Dr Tom Learner
But British scientists have come up with an unexpectedly simple solution. While most precious artworks benefit from a dry environment, they found that increasing humidity caused paint to reattach itself, thus reversing the damage.
Dr Tom Learner, from the Getty Conservation Institute, and formerly a conservationist at Tate Modern, has been working with Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles.
“It’s always nice to end up on a happier note rather than the doom and gloom of degradation,” he told a meeting of scientists in Austin, Texas. READ FULL STORY