Animaniacs OPC Skippy and Slappy
– Cartoon: Animaniacs
– Episode: “Critical Condition”
– Character(s): Slappy and Skippy
– Hand-Painted Production Cel
– Image Size: Pan Cel 12” x 10.5”
Original production cel from the 1990’s episode, “Critical Condition.” The hand-painted cel is matched with a printed background from the original production art.
“Animaniacs” had a large cast of characters that were separated into individual segments, with each cast of characters acting in its own cartoon. The Warners, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, were three cartoon stars from the 1930s that were locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower until the 1990s, when they escaped. Pinky and the Brain are two genetically altered laboratory mice that continuously plot and attempt to take over the world. Slappy Squirrel is an aged cartoon star that educated her nephew, Skippy Squirrel, about cartoon techniques. Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy are other main characters with their own cartoons.
Each production cel is one-of-a-kind and was used in the creation of an animated film or television show. Each is hand-painted, and has been photographed over a background painting to create a frame of the finished production. Because one background is used under a sequence of cels, the production art is usually sold with a reproduction of the original background. A production cel with an original background is very rare and has a much higher value. The move to computerized animation has severely curtailed the supply of artwork on the market.