Maya the Bee (Die Biene Maja) - full scene: 2 cels and painted background - First edition - (1975/1980)

Maya the Bee (Die Biene Maja) - full scene: 2 cels and painted background - First edition - (1975/1980)
Waldemar Bonsels - Poor - 3 Original artwork - Nippon Animation

Complete scene - two cels and painted background - for the animated television series "Maya the Bee" (German: "Die Biene Maja") is the main character in "The Adventures of Maya the Bee", a German book written by Waldemar Bonsels and published in 1912. The book has been published in many other languages and adapted into different media.

The stories revolve around a little bee named Maya and her friends Willy the bee, Flip the grasshopper (referred to as "Maja", "Willi" and "Philip" respectively in some versions), Mrs. Cassandra (Maya's teacher), and many other insects and other creatures. The book depicts Maya's development from an adventurous youngster to a responsible adult member of bee society.

Perhaps the most popular and widely known adaptation of the story is the Japanese anime Maya the Honey Bee (みつばちマーヤの冒険, Mitsubachi Māya no Bōken, "The Adventures of Maya the Honeybee"). Originally aired on Japanese TV in 1975, the anime has been dubbed into 42 languages[10] and screened on television in various territories, including China, South Korea, Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, the United States, South Africa, Peru, Portugal, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Croatia, Chile, Israel, Italy, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Spain, Serbia, Finland, Poland, Ecuador, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon (as Zena) and Iran (as Nikoo (نیکو)).

Size: 38 x 27 cm.

Comments: the animation cels have microcracks and are noticeably wavy. Visible also in the photos.

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Maya the Bee (Die Biene Maja)
full scene: 2 cels and painted background
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Nippon Animation
Waldemar Bonsels
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