$800 – $900
– Hand-Painted Limited Edition Cel
– Artist/Director: Robert McKimson
– Edition Size: 500
Animation director Robert McKimson was one of the major directors of Warner Bros. Golden Era of Animation during the 1940’s and the 1950’s. 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.”
Each cel in this edition has been hand-inked, hand-painted and individually numbered in an edition of 500 with 15 Artist Proofs. The original master artwork has been vaulted in the McKimson Production archives.