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What is an animation cel?

An animation cel (celluloid) is a paper-thin transparent plastic sheet, regularly about 10.5 x 12.5 (27 x 32 cm) in size. Before the 40's, celluloid nitrate was commonly used, which was then replaced with acetate sheets, and used until around the 2000's when computers took over animation.

Animation cels are the actual images we see in the cartoons, where each and every little movement consist of a unique cel, which togheter create the illusion of movement.

The backgrounds on the other hand are drawn on a thick paper and stays for a longer moment on screen than the animation cels, which means less of them are made.

Off-site link for more about animation cels:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cel

What does the process look like?

Like alot of american cartoons, Jem was animated in Japanese animation studios (aswell as probably in some other countries). First when creating cels, the animators follow a storyboard. To draw the characters appearances correctly the animators look at model cels. Since the voice recording is often done before the episodes are animated, the animators have to make sure to follow the same pace in scenes, movements and even lip-movements.

Then pencil sketches, "dougas", are then created, which are used as patterns to transfer the drawings onto the cel sheets. The coloring paint is painted on the back of the sheet. The colors are usually applied one by one on each of the cels in a sequence, and when the previous color has dried, the next color is applied to them all.

Off-site link for more about animation cels:
http://www.animanga.com/cels/info/cels.html

What should I know when buying a cel?

Some things that determine the value are:
- What cartoon it is from. All studios didn't save alot of their work, which makes any findings extra rare.
- What character is pictured. Main characters are often most popular.
- Motif. If it's a close-up, how well drawn it is, if the character is seen from the front, and with eyes open.
- Size. There are panoramic scenes which can be larger than the average cel.
- What condition it's in.
- Whether it comes with it's original matching background. You can't take for granted that the background included is the one from the same scene as the cel. Backgrounds used in the cartoon in the same scene are usually called "original matching background". If it says "original production background" it isn't necessarily from the same cartoon. If it says "hand-painted background" it might not even be from any actual production but fan made. "Color copy background" is usually a laser print of an original background, from the cartoon or anywhere else.

Worthless cels, as far as I'm concerned, are cels that go by any of the following: "Sericels", "publicity cels", "limited edition cels", "lithographs". Many times you can't tell any difference looking at them in pictures online, but these are not original cels used anywhere in the production of a cartoon, nor unique. These are printed copies, or created for publicity reasons, and produced in a certain amount.

What can you tell me about Jem cels?

Jem is considered to be a rare cartoon to find cels from. But at the same time Jem was made in as much as 65 episodes, a few hundreds of animation cels from the actual Jem cartoon have shown up, from many different episodes, but the amount of current serious collectors are raising the prices.

Except for pre-production model cels, animation cels are the most sought after when it comes to Jem, and the least rare are the model cels.

Here is a look at some of the Jem cels that have shown up. Some from the story of the episodes, some from music videos, and some even not included in the cartoon since they are from cut out scenes.

Here is a comparison of what it looked like once they were included on the show. One thing you will notice is that alot of the time, each character was drawn on a separate cel, so in several of these cels the characters standing around the main character aren't included. Another difference, is that whenever there's a light/glow effect, it was usually not drawn, but applied afterwards.

Episodes:

Barely any animation cels have ever appeared from the first five episodes. But here is a list of other episodes cels have shown up from:
Starbright Part 1, Starbright Part 3, The World Hunger Shindig, Adventure In China, Last Resorts, In Stitches, Island Of Deception, Hot Time In Hawaii, The Princess And The Singer, The Talent Search Part 1, Scandal, The Bands Break Up, Father's Day, Danse Time, KJEM, Alone Again, Hollywood Jem Part 2, Beauty And The Rock Promoter, Midsummer Night's Madness.

The Music Awards Part 1


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The Music Awards Part 2


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Rock Fashion Book


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Jem mermaid and Rio kissing underwater. A very special music video that was put alot of work into. Appears in the music video of "Come On In, The Water's Fine" by Jem and the Holograms.

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Here you can see Jem is a mermaid, togheter with Rio underwater. Appears in the music video of "Come On In, The Water's Fine" by Jem and the Holograms. This was years before Disney's the Little Mermaid was released.
Jem at the end of the music video of "Come On In, The Water's Fine" by Jem and the Holograms, where she is sitting next to the pool with seals.

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Appears in the music video of "We Can Change It" by Jem and the Holograms. The cel is red in the cartoon because of lighting in the music video. The background included with the animation cel however, is not matched with the cel in the cartoon, but appears soon after in the same music video. This is interesting because I noticed that the same motive for the background, was re-drawn for the cartoon atleast four times, from slightly different angles. This is a good example of how much work the background designers do!

Broadway Magic

From the classic scene from Eric's office, where he called media for a special announcement, that he wants you to tell him, "who is Jem?". This cel even comes with a frame around it as seen in the picture, which is supposed to be the TV.

In Search Of The Stolen Album

This is Pizzazz relaxing out of town and coming up with the idea of sending Jem and the Holograms on a treasure hunt for their master tape. This is one of the early cels that appeared for sale online already in the 90's. As you can see it has a matching background, but much of Pizzazz' body is cut off in the cartoon.

Old Meets New

Jem performing on stage. Right after the music video of "Rock And Roll Is Forever" by Jem and the Holograms. Jem only ever wore this outfit in this episode, and part of the music video actually appears in the second Jem Theme intro song, which makes it very recognizable.

Intrigue At The Indy 500


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From the music video of "I'm Coming From Behind" by Jem and the Holograms.
Should be from the music video of "I'm Coming From Behind" by Jem and the Holograms, but doesn't appear to be anywhere in there. Anyone have a clue?

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From the music video of "Ahead Of The Game" by The Misfits.
From the music video of "Ahead Of The Game" by The Misfits.

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There is supposed to be a frame around it because this is what the racecar driver Martino sees on TV from his hospital bed.
From the same scene as the above.
From the same scene as the above. Interesting to see a cel from the same sequence, almost look identical.

The Jem Jam Part 1

Ashley gets her moment to be a star in her own music video "I Can See Me".

The Jem Jam Part 2

From the end of Krissie's own music video "You May Be A Star", where Dominic is surprised when the pictures of him turn into pictures of Krissie.
From the same music video as the above, soon after. You can see the cel is slightly covered with other cels which appeared above as the picture of Krissie on the wall comes alive.
At the zoo, Ashley tries to explain nicely to Ba Nee that Randy isn't her father.
From the music video of "Jam All Night Long" by Jem and the Holograms. The characters in the background are missing from the cel because they were part of other cels/layers.
From the very last clip of the episode, a very nice close-up where Jem looks back at us and her earrings blink.

Culture Clash

This episode is probably one of the episodes where most cels were saved.

This is one of the first clips we see in the episode. In the first picture, is the background only of the airport. In the picture to the right, from the cartoon, are Jem and the Holograms and a whole lot of people moving. Must have taken time to animate that crowd. And lastly is the sketch of the above background with some notes.
Jem, Anthony Julian, and Aja, at Fitzgerald party, right after one of Fitz' robots kicks Aja.
This cel is from a music video, "Surprise! Surprise!" by the Misfits, apparently signed by Christy Marx.

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Another background. This is a stage Jem and the Holograms perform on along with Fitz' robots. The original is a bit brighter, and doesn't have those robots on stage.
The Misfits spy on Eric and find these robots filled with jewelries. This was a cel that appeared already in the 90's for sale online.
I couldn't find this cel anywhere in the episode, although the cartoon version to the right comes pretty close. And the background the cel is attached to is not the original. That background belonged to the background seen below here, behind Kimber and all the people, which you can tell is the same by looking at the painting hanging on the wall.
From the music video of "I Believe In Happy Endings" by Jem and the Holograms. Only Jem is in this cel. Apparently Kimber and the characters below the stage were separate cels.

Glitter And Gold


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Aja who says "a whole new look" right before the music video "Glitter and Gold".
Rio finds Jerrica working hard late at Starlight Music to deliver albums for the Glitter and Gold contest. Rio's hair looks pmore purple than ever in the cel, nice to see the original colors like this.

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The Misfits from the music video "We're Up/You're Down" which is a duet between Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits. This is a brief scene with the Misfits holding the Glitter and Gold award.

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Close to the end of the episode, as both groups are one record from winning the contest, Jem and Pizzazz are shown in a close-up as they watch the score board.

Renaissance Woman


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The Holograms are entering the archery tournament for fun, and Kimber is just about to miss even shooting the arrow, and the other Holograms burst into laughter.

Mardi Gras:


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A beautiful cel, and it appears to be twice the size of a regular cel. In the cartoon, it is shown from the bottom, moving up to the top. The circle you see in the cartoon image is a light effect around a lantern.

Out Of The Past

This is another episode where alot of the cels were taken care of, and pretty much any cels from this episode are sought after because it shows the past of the characters.

Jacqui Benton officiated over sacret female friendship pact among Jerrica, Shana and Aja in the Starlight treehouse.
Young Jerrica and Kimber, just as Aja arrives to Starlight house for the first time and Kimber wonders why she is coming to live there.
Eric found the mastertape of Jacqui Benton's recordings and demands a million dollars or Starlight Music from Jerrica in trade.

Britrock

From the very end of the music video of the song "Between Me And You" by Jem and the Holograms. It's barely visible since it fades over from another scene.

Journey Through Time

Jem and The Holograms go back in time to 1944, and here are some dancers included in their music video with the The Ben Tiller Band for the song "We're Makin' It Happen".

Hollywood Jem Part One: For Your Consideration...


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Geraldine Pathos and Jem on the Harriet Horn show, where Geraldine questions Jem's lack of acting studies and nomination for an academy award.
Kimber meets Sean again, on the set of a new movie he's acting in, and in which Jem is about to get a role.
Kimber also meets Jeff again in the same episode for the first time since they had a big fight several episodes ago, and finds out he is the stuntman in the movie.
Soon after the above scene, Sean finds out that Kimber is dating Sean and he criticize her for leading on half the male population.

The Stingers Hit Town Part One

A dressed up Shana at Starlight Music, reminds Jerrica that the group is being honored at the Rock Hard cafe tonight.
Close-up of Riot, where you can see his green eyes. From the music video of "Perfect Match" by The Stingers. Not the exact same cel, I know, but I'm not sure this exact cel was actually included in the cartoon. Anyone?
Riot as an angel. This is from the music video "Perfect Match" by the Stingers. The background doesn't appear to be the correct one. The reason the halo isn't in the cel is because it must have been applied later using light effects.
This is from the music video "Perfect Match" by the Stingers. You can't tell if the background image is the right one or not, since this scene has light effects.

The Stingers Hit Town Part Two

This is from right before the music video "Lovesick" by the Misfits. This cel consists of several layers, and the Jetta and Stormer layers didn't appear togheter at the exact same second in the cartoon, but in the same clip. So the cartoon capture here is pasted togheter to show the two cels at once.
This is from the music video "Lovesick" by the Misfits, as you can see. The light effects seen in the video, are missing from the cel.
Eric was just kissed by a happy Pizzazz who has fallen in love with Riot, and he says there's definitely something wrong with her.

At Starlight Mansion, Rapture has just scared Terri that she is a werewolf.

Unidentified

Mystery cels that no one has been able to place in an episode, probably from cut scenes or even animated commercials.


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This looks like it would be from the episode "The World Hunger Shindig". But as far as I can tell it doesn't show up there. Anyone have any idea?

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A beautiful close-up of Jem in her Glitter and Gold outfit. This could be a cut out scene from the episode "Glitter And Gold", but on the other hand this outfit also appears in other episodes.

Dolls commercial


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I don't know who drew this cel. But it appears to say Boyd Kirkland. It's the same shot as the picture to the right, even though you can't see it so clearly from this angle.

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