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TEX AVERY CELS DRAWINGS / MGM - METRO GOLDWYN MAYER

Tex Avery

1908 - 1980

Tex Avery is the only animation director whose very name defines a genre of Golden Age Cartoons. His cartoons guarantee a calculated insanity, anchored in a sense of reality. His no-holds-barred, anything-for-a-laugh gags shape the Avery Universe, a place unlike any other. He began directing at Warner Bros. in 1936 and stayed until 1942, where he created the Bugs Bunny persona we know today. Tex Avery came into his own at MGM, where he directed more than 60 cartoons through 1955, and created such characters as Droopy, Wolf & Red, and Screwy Squirrel. He is also responsible for some of the greatest one-shot cartoons ever made, such as 'King-Size Canary', 'Symphony in Slang', 'Bad Luck Blackie' and the wartime classic 'The Blitz Wolf.

#M1 - MGM - (Warner Bros) - 'North Hound Police', 1943. The original drawing of 'Wolf' measures 6.00' X 3.00', rendered in black pencil on a 12-field sheet.

Droopy is the cartoon king of understatement, a character most known for how little he does in his films! He appears in a total of 16 MGM cartoons, beginning with 'Dumb Hounded,' a 1943 classic directed by the legendary Tex Avery. Also known for his distinctive drawl and deadpan delivery, Droopy shows up in the least likely places, usually to the shock of his main nemesis, The Wolf.

*$690 (SOLD)

#M21 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, NORTHWEST HOUNDED POLICE, 1946. This lively, large-image animation drawing of the Wolf inmate who is pursued throughout the cartoon by Droopy is from the scene in which the Wolf escapes from prison.

It is a final animation drawing created by an animator in production of the animated cartoon directed by Tex (Fred) Avery during his peak years at MGM, and a cel was made directly from it.

Drawn in pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 5 1/4' x 4'. The animator wrote the number '162' to indicate this drawing's place in the scene, and the sheet also bears the MGM stamp that denotes the production and scene numbers.

In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE. Howard Lowery certificate of authenticity is included.

*$690 (SOLD)

   
#M12 - 'Tom', Mouse Cleaning (1948).

#M12 - 'Tom', Mouse Cleaning (1948).

Price: $720

#M12 - MGM - 'TOM', Mouse Cleaning (1948). The drawing is rendered in graphite and brown pencilmeasuring 3.50" X 3.75", bearing production number 240. Mammy-Two-Shoes tells Tom that if the house gets dirty or untidy, he will be thrown out. Once she leaves, Jerry uses a cigarette ashtray to spread filth all over the place. Gags and chase sequences ensue. Jerry diverts a coal chute into the living room as Mammy comes home. She and Tom collide outside the front door. When Tom pokes his head out of the coal, he becomes a stereotypical black Stepin Fetchit-style character. Mammy thinks Tom is a man and asks, "Hey you! Has you seen a no-good cat around here?" Tom replies (in a stereotypical black voice), "No ma'am! I ain't seen no cat around here! Uh-uh! No cat, no place, no how, no ma'am!" Mammy spots Tom's tomfoolery and yells "Thomas!" Tom runs away and hobbles along the sidewalk, shuffling and mumbling. *$720

#M13 - MGM - 'Flirty Birdy', (1945).

#M13 - MGM - 'Flirty Birdy', (1945).

Price: $620

#M13 - MGM - 'Flirty Birdy', 1945. The drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil measuring 5.75' X 4.50', bearing production number 129SC5. Thomas is ready to munch a Jerry sandwich when an eagle comes by and takes it away. Jerry goes back and forth in this one until Tom dresses up as a female eagle to get Jerry back. The eagle goes goo-goo over Tom and gets kissed by suction cup/plunger. There is a lot of hammering. Mr eagle finally offers Jerry as a wedding ring and ,after Jerry ties him up, Tom is carried off to the nest to hatch eggs and knit.

#M11 - Tex Avery - Droopy, 'Senor Droopy', (1949).

#M11 - Tex Avery - Droopy, 'Senor Droopy', (1949).

Price: $460

#M11 - MGM - Tex Avery - 'Senor Droopy', 1949. The production drawing of 'Droopy' measures 5.00' X 5.50'. The drawing was rendered in graphite and red pencil, bearing numerous notations. The stamped production numbers are, 1 85 SC 7 1. Droopy wins the bullfight and gets his (live-action) girl, actress Lina Romay. The last collaboration between director Tex Avery and animator Preston Blair.

#MGM14 - Tom, 'Texas Tom', (1950). (Matted)

#MGM14 - Tom, 'Texas Tom', (1950). (Matted)

Price: $1750

#MGM14 - TOM FROM 'TEXAS TOM', 1950. This classic vintage cel is trimmed to 10', dated by artist JAN. 1950 on top of cel. The background bears stamp 'Hand-painted presentation background', triple matted measuring 14-3/4' X 16-1/4', image size measures 9-3/4' X 8-1/4. Tom is a cowboy and is practicing his lasso on Jerry, who is pulled over spurs and cactus. A lovely lady cat gets off the stage and Thomas goes to work. He ambles over to her, tips his hat, rolls a cigarette (with Jerry forced to do the licking) and starts playing the guitar. Jerry must start the record player as Tom's slave. Jerry's revenge is turning the record player to fast, then slow speeds and then poking Tom with a hot branding iron. Tom tries to lasso Jerry but instead hooks a BIG BULL. The rest is Tom trying to escape from this bull, giving up, and putting a blindfold on and smoking his last cigarette before his destruction. (MATTED)

#M15 - Tom - 'Zoot Cat', (1944).

#M15 - Tom - 'Zoot Cat', (1944).

Price: $580

#M15 - Hanna Barbera - 'ZOOT CAT', 1944. 'Tom' is drawn on a full sheet rendered in graphite, brown and red pencil. The image size measures 6.50' X 2.75' bearing number 122 in right corner. Graphite animator notes are also written on right center. The Zoot Cat - (7 min. 3 sec.) 1944 Jerry is given as a gift, by Tom, to his female cat friend. But the young cat rejects Tom,s gift...I guess Tom is considered a bit of a square. He overhears the radio talking about a Zoot Suit so he cuts out a costume, really starts to swing, and completely seduces the young thing...he talks like Charles Boyer. Jerry then puts a heap of matches between Tom's toes and then starts to dance with tom's girl. Tom gets sucked up a window and thrown into a fishbowl where his suit shrinks to Jerry size. Zoot Mouse!

#M16 - Tom, 'Zoot Cat', (1944).

#M16 - Tom, 'Zoot Cat', (1944).

Price: $580

#M16 - Hanna Barbera - 'ZOOT CAT', 1944. 'Tom' is drawn on a full sheet rendered in graphite and red pencil. The image size measures 6.50' X 3.00' bearing number 123 in right corner. Blue animator notes are also written on right center. Tom the Cat is doing a very funny yo-yo trick, having the yo-yo spell out, 'HI BABE' to impress the girl cat of his dreams, in this, fun-filled Tom and Jerry cartoon. Music - 'You Gotta See Mommy Every Night' (Rose-Conrad); 'Honey' (Gillespie); 'I'm A Ding Dong Daddy' (Baxter); 'Elmer's Tune' (Albrecht); 'Tha Chase' (Bradley); 'Jersey Bounce' (Plater); 'China Boy' (Boutelle-Winfrey); 'Deep Purple' (Derose)

#M18 - Screwy Squirrel, 'Screwy Truant', (1945).

#M18 - Screwy Squirrel, 'Screwy Truant', (1945).

Price: $290

#M18 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, SCREWY TRUANT, 1945. Lively original animation drawing depicts 'Screwy Squirrel', star of four of Tex Avery's MGM cartoons. It is a final animation drawing created by an animator in production of the animated cartoon directed by Tex (Fred) Avery during his peak years at MGM, and a cel was made directly from it. Drawn in pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 1.00' x 1.50'. The animator wrote the number '10' to indicate this drawing's place in the scene, and the sheet also bears the MGM stamp that denotes the production and scene numbers. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself. COA provided by Howard Lowery Gallery. It's school time at the Little Red (Red is scratched out because the building is blue) Schoolhouse. The truant officer dog finds Screwball at the fishing hole and goes through a bunch of antics trying to find out why Screwball is a truant today.

#M19 - Meathead, 'Screwy Truant', (1945).

#M19 - Meathead, 'Screwy Truant', (1945).

Price: $575

#M19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, 'SCREWY TRUANT', 1945. Full-figure original animation drawing depicts the 'Truant Officer' (Meathead), in this film playing the role of a truant officer, who stars with Screwy Squirrel in three of his first four cartoons. It is a final animation drawing created by an animator in production of the animated cartoon directed by Tex (Fred) Avery during his peak years at MGM, and a cel was made directly from it. Drawn in pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 4.75' x 6.75'. The animator wrote the number '31' to indicate this drawing's place in the scene, and the sheet also bears the MGM stamp that denotes the production and scene numbers. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself. COA provided by Howary Lowery Gallery.

#M20 - English Fox, 'Droopy Dog-Out Foxed', (1949).

#M20 - English Fox, 'Droopy Dog-Out Foxed', (1949).

Price: $640

#M20 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, Droopy Dog-Out Foxed, 1949. A pack of hounds that met its match in the 'English Fox' is depicted in this animation drawing from Tex Avery's Droopy cartoon. It is a final animation drawing created by an animator in production of the animated cartoon directed by Tex (Fred) Avery during his peak years at MGM, and a cel was made directly from it. Drawn in red and black pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 5 1/4' x 10 1/2'. The animator wrote the number '42' to indicate this drawing's place in the scene, and the sheet also bears the MGM stamp that denotes the production and scene numbers. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself. COA provided by Howard Lowery Gallery.

#M23 - Slim and Shorty, 'Deputy Droopy', (1955). ((2) original drawings)

#M23 - Slim and Shorty, 'Deputy Droopy', (1955). ((2) original drawings)

Price: $900

#M23 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, DEPUTY DROOPY, 1955. Here are two (2) matching original animation drawings of Slim and Shorty, the two inept outlaws in this Droopy Western cartoon, the last cartoon in the series directed by Tex (Fred) Avery during his great period at MGM. They are final animation drawings created by animators in production of the animated cartoon, and cels were made directly from them. The cels made from them appear together in the film. Drawn in red, blue and black pencil on untrimmed animation sheets, the art measures 7 1/2' x 3' and 3 1/2' x 3 1/4'. The animator wrote the numbers '10A' and '10C' to indicate the drawings' places in the scene, and the sheet also bears the MGM stamp that denotes the production and scene numbers. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE . Howard Lowery certificate of authenticity is included. Two villains are repeatedly trying to steal gold from a safe in the Sheriff's office, and must do so without waking the sleeping Sheriff. Droopy makes it all that more difficult for them, though.

#M43 - Tom and Jerry -

#M43 - Tom and Jerry - "Mice Follies", (1954). (Detailed background layout)

Price: $1200

#M43 Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studio, Tom and Jerry - "Mice Follies", 1954. This detailed background layout drawing of the interior of the refrigerator in the house where Tom and Jerry live was created by a MGM Studio artist in development of a scene in the animated cartoon. Drawn in red, green, yellow and black pencil on a 10 1/2' x 15' animation sheet, the art measures 9 1/4' x 16'. The art was created in development of the background seen in scenes 7, 43 and 45 of the Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. Two outlines depict positions Jerry will occupy in the scene, and there are numerous notes to the background painter; Studio production stamp with notations appears in the right margin. Vertical fold at center, pin holes, handling: VERY GOOD condition. Howard Lowery Gallery certificate of authenticity is included. Jerry and his young nephew Nibbles flood the kitchen floor with water, then hook up the refrigerator to create an ice pond. Their fun is cut short when Tom wakes up and, seeing the frozen world, takes up skating. The chase is on.

#M4 - Droopy, (1980).

#M4 - Droopy, (1980).

Price: $290

#M4 - MGM - Droopy 1980 - Filmation Studios. The cel is on a full uncut sheet, the image area measures. Droopy is a little dog with a slow quiet voice that is very somber. He never does anything energetic until you make him mad. He then becomes abusive and beats up the person that made him upset.

#M22 - Junior, 'Henpecked Hoboes' (1946).

#M22 - Junior, 'Henpecked Hoboes' (1946).

Price: $350

#M22 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, HENPECKED HOBOES, 1946. Expressive original animation drawing of Junior, the marginally smarter partner in Avery's comedic team of George and Junior. It is a final animation drawing created by an animator in production of the animated cartoon directed by Tex (Fred) Avery during his peak years at MGM, and a cel was made directly from it. Henpecked Hoboes was the first of Avery's four George and Junior cartoons, and Junior was voiced by Avery himself. Drawn in red and black pencil on an untrimmed animation sheet, the art measures 5 1/4' x 3 1/2'. The animator wrote the number '8' to indicate this drawing's place in the scene, and the sheet also bears the MGM stamp that denotes the production and scene numbers. In excellent condition showing only light handling from the animation process itself: VERY FINE. Howard Lowery certificate of authenticity is included. Two hungry hoboes want a chicken dinner. George's plans for catching a hen are constantly sabotaged by Junior's detrimental assistance.

 
 
 

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#H115 - Jerry - 'Pent-House Mouse' (1963).

#H115 - Sib-Tower 12 Productions - 'Jerry', Pent-House Mouse (1963). The Jerry image size measures 1.50' X 1.12' bearing production number #277SC38. The drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil.
 
The luxurious life of Tom, a penthouse puss, goes to the dogs after poor mouse Jerry falls from a construction site onto his terrace. A wild chase ensues, and Tom ends up pursed by the entrants in the nearby National Dog Show, while Jerry gets used to a life of luxury on the 50th floor.

SOLD

#H116 - Tom, 'Pent-House Mouse', (1963).

#H116 - Sib-Tower 12 Productions 'Tom', Pent-House Mouse (1963). The drawing is rendered in graphite and red pencil. The image size measures 4.50' X 5.50', bearing production number #325 41 (126).

 
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