Chuck Jones: Michigan J. Frog

83121-setup FP black matte

Michigan J. Frog 50th Anniversary Cel Art Edition

A slinky, slimy green amphibian made cartoon history when it
premiered in movie theaters across the country on December 31, 1955.  Unnamed at the time, the singing frog
tormented and abused the man who discovered him, driving him to rack and
ruination in just six and a half minutes.  

“I felt I had to make the frog believable in a very short
time, so when he pulls himself out of the tin he slips a little bit, and when
he blinks he blinks upward.  That may
sound ridiculous—who knows that is the way amphibians blink?  I
know it, so I have to put it in, and you’d better be impressed!”—ChuckJones, Chuck Reducks

 It is but a frog after all, and without believability it
wouldn’t have been as shocking as it was, when seconds later it burst into
“Hello my baby, hello my darling, hello my rag-time gal…”  The true hallmarks of the Jones genius was,
is, that always there must be believability, without which none of these fables
would have the life they do. 

Inducted into the National Film Archives of the Smithsonian
Institution in 2003, One Froggy Evening
joins two other Jones masterpieces there, What’s
Opera, Doc?
and Duck Amuck
confirming their classical immutability.  
Subtle and grandiloquent at the same time, One Froggy Evening’s silent-movie story (except for that singing!)
is one of Chuck Jones’ most celebrated and
brilliant masterpieces. 

Michigan J. Frog 50th
Anniversary
is a 16 field cel limited edition hand-painted cel presented on a fine art reproduction
background created from original drawings and watercolors by Chuck Jones.  The drawing for the cel may found on page 252
of the book Chuck Reducks and two of
the drawings used in the deluxe editions appear on page 249 of the same
tome. 

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