This is a hand painted limited edition cel. Once upon a time, there was a place where both magic and history were made. A new art form was in its genesis, and Termite Terrace was its Eden. Under the supervision of producer and larger-than life personality Leon Schlesinger, seminal animation talents with names such as Avery, Blanc, Clampett, Freleng, Jones, Maltese and McKimson gathered to help invent the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies irreverent style that weâ€™ve all grown to love. In â€œTermite Terrace,â€ artist extraordinaire Kirk Mueller gathered together eleven of the most loved Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters to reenact the zany antics of the original Termite Terrace: Elmer works on script revisions while Bugs, Porky and Yosemite Sam flip through a sequence of drawings. Daffy casually animates as Sylvester and Tweety prepare inked cels for Granny to paint. Pierre Termite â€œsharpensâ€ a pencil, Wile E. Coyote lays the cels on a background and photographs the cartoon, and Sniffles brings a Racing Forum to The Boss (Leon Schlesinger, silhouetted in his office window). Artist Kirk Muellerâ€™s conception of Termite Terrace includes more modern versions of the characters (as well as Wile E. Coyote, who wasnâ€™t â€œbornâ€ until after Termite Terrace) in order to pay a more uniform homage to the era and all of the important players in it. Available unframed.
Image Size: 37" x 15"
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.