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Postal News: New Forever stamps to celebrate Disney Studios Ink, Paint Department

June 28, 2017
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink and Paint Department by dedicating a sheet of 20 Forever stamps featuring 10 classic Disney villains.

The Disney Villains Forever stamps will be dedicated on July 15 during D23 Expo 2017, Disney's ultimate fan event at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Beginning June 22, the stamps may be pre-ordered online at: for delivery shortly after the issuance.

Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney villains against a blue background.

The words "USA" and "Forever" appear in the top right corner or bottom right corner of each stamp and the name of the classic villain and the movie in which the character appears runs along the left edge.

Art of animation

Beginning in 1923, Disney's Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to countless memorable characters, including many iconic Disney villains.

One of the first groups of its kind, Disney's Ink and Paint Department was yet another stop on the road to creating an animated film.

After the animators' pencil drawings were finished, they went to ink and paint. There, highly specialized artists meticulously recreated each pencil line in ink, capturing every nuanced movement and expression.

At first, artists used black and white, and later shades of gray to "color" each celluloid or cel. In the early 1930s, the artists began using rich colors on the animation cels.

The last full-length animated Disney film to use the hand-painted cel process was "The Little Mermaid" (1989). "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "The Lion King" (1994) were hand drawn.

The original pencil drawings for those films were then scanned and painted digitally. For these stamps, the characters Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Scar (The Lion King) have been recreated using traditional ink and paint techniques.

Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C., designed the issuance.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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