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Yosemite Sam Model Sheet 1998 Limited Edition Cel 97/350 Warner Bros.

  • Hand Painted Limited Edition Cel
  • Edition: 
  • Produced By: Warner Brothers
  • Size: 16.5" x 13.5" 
  • This item is Framed. Framed Size: 22" x 25"
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Comes With Warner Bros. Certificate of Authenticity'
  • Edition Sold Out from the Studio

Yosemite Sam was created by director Isadore "Friz" Freleng for his l945 Merrie Melodies cartoon Hare Trigger. Generally considered to be the two-dimensional alter-ego of Freleng. Sam took on several different guises throughout his career including pirate and jailhouse guard, but it is his bellowing western blowhard character for which he is most famous. 

This model sheet is based on original Studio art of the short-tempered gunslinger. In the world of animation, a model sheet is a collection of drawings of a specific character used to show his varying attitudes and characteristics. This limited edition cel began with a drawing by Dan Haskett from which a master inking was created by Laurie Dindis. This inking was then silk-screened onto an acetate sheet (or "cel") along with the Warner Bros. seal. Each cel was then expertly hand-painted on the reverse side. The background is a high-quality lithograph composed of several different poses of Yosemite Sam created by Dan Haskett in a model sheet format. The edition number was hand-inked on each cel in a special edition size of only 350, released in 1998. Upon completion of the edition, the original artwork was archived.

Each piece measures 16.5" inches across x 13.5" inches in height (unframed). It is applied to a Fine Art lithographic background. The cel has the official Warner Brothers gold seal (lower corner). Looney Tunes is an American animated comedy short film series produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 alongside its sister series, Merrie Melodies, during the golden age of American animation. They introduced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, the Tasmanian Devil, and many other cartoon characters. After Bugs Bunny became the breakout recurring star of Merrie Melodies, and Looney Tunes went to color in the early 1940s, the two series gradually lost their distinctions and shorts were assigned to each series more randomly. (wiki)

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