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This Just In! “Cels” are 100 Years Old Today!

Thanks to Tom Sito we learned that on this date in 1914, Earl Hurd patented animation ‘cels’ (celluloids) and backgrounds. Before this cartoonists tried drawing the background settings over and over again hundreds of times or slashed the paper around the character and tried not to have it walk in front of anything. By the late 1990’s, most cels & cel paint had been replaced by digital imaging.

"Plein Air Genius" a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

“Plein Air Genius” a hand-painted cel art edition celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial year 2012

Image of the Day: My Bunny Lies Over the Sea

SCDM-546 copy

Tunneling to Los Angeles’ La Brea Tar Pits, Bugs
Bunny makes that fateful wrong turn and ends up in Scotland to discover an old
woman being attacked by a monster.  It
turns out the monster is a bagpipe and the old woman is McCrory.  Much hilarity (and golf gags) ensues.  The Charles M. Jones directed “My Bunny Lies
Over the Sea” premiered in theaters December 14, 1948.  This is an original 12 field production cel, gouache on celluloid (10.5″ x 12.5″) accompanied by a hand-painted presentation background.