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The Travelers on the Magic Slipper: OP
Source: TV
Layers: 1
No sketches available
Cel Number: A3
Standard size
Opening Cel

Original Unmatching Background

Added 5/20/2011
Updated 12/4/2016
During the fast-paced opening animation sequence, we see the four principals, the boy Tyltyl and his younger sister Mytyl, and their two companions, the dog Tylô and cat Tylette, zipping through time and space on a giant magical slipper provided them by the fairy Bérylune. Sequence number: A3.

This cel comes from an iconic moment in this influential golden-age anime, for many of the web-based accounts of this series include a screen cap from this or a similar cut of the four Aoitori-tachi flying through the magical realm on their slipper spacecraft. The seller thought the background (labeled BG-2) might be matching, but from the screen cap I don’t think it is. However, it is similar in style and impact to the original, so I’ve retained it.

The two human characters look much like the typical protagonists of golden-age anime, but the two animal companions, half-humanized by the fairy’s magic, show considerable design flair. I was immediately bemewzed by the devious cat-girl Tylette (variously transliterated Chiretto, Chalet, and Shanet). With the mask-like coloring of her face and her form-fitting white bodice and long black gloves, she inevitably reminds me of Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in the 1960s Batman TV series. In any case, she is extremely feline in a way that engages me more than the humanoid cat-girl characters in recent anime.

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