This is a hand painted limited edition cel. Animation director Robert McKimson was one of the major directors of Warner Bros. Golden Era of Animation during the 1940s and the 1950s. During this time, he created some of the world's most popular characters including the Tasmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester Jr. During McKimson's celebrated career in animation, he directed 175 classic Warner Bros. cartoons. "Groucho Bugs", a limited edition cel was taken from original artwork from the 1956 cartoon, "Wideo Rabbit". In this cartoon Bugs is attempting to avoid appearing as the prey in Elmer Fudd's Sportsman's Hour" TV show. This leads to a chase all over the studio wherein Bugs goes into every show in the studio. In this scene while pursuing Bugs, Elmer winds up on the set of a show where Bugs is dressed as Groucho asks Elmer what the secret word was for $50, what his name was and what he was looking for. Elmer says he was looking for a rabbit, a crazy fresh rabbit. In response, Bugs as Groucho says "Oh, a fresh hare fiend."
Image Size: 10" x 12"
Framed Size: 18" x 20"
Edition Size: 500
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Hand-painted limited editions recreate classic moments from great cartoons, using the same materials and techniques as were used in making the originals. Some limited editions are exact reproductions of frames from the films they represent, while others, such as Chuck Jones’ limited editions, are based on contemporary interpretations of great characters and scenes.
In either case, the animator’s drawing is transferred onto acetate cels, then each is meticulously hand-painted by studio artists. Each piece is hand-numbered in small edition sizes of between 100 and 750. In some cases the finished cels are then signed by the animator.
As the great majority of original cels from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s are no longer in existence, limited edition cels allow collectors an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest moments in the history of animation.