- Tijuana Toads/Texas Toads Production Cel Signed by Friz Freleng (DePatie-Freleng, 1969-72). An original hand-painted production cel setup of Toro and Pancho of Tijuana Toads. DePatie-Freleng made 17 theatrical cartoons in the years between 1969-1972; the name of which was changed to Texas Toads when the characters moved to TV. This is a great cel signed by legendary animator, director, and studio head Friz Freleng (1906-1995). In Fine condition. Certificate of Authenticity from The Cricket Gallery
The series was about two toads, Toro and Pancho, who live in the Mexican city of Tijuana. Throughout the cartoon they try to eat their prey, but always get outsmarted. They would sometimes themselves be targeted by a bird, Crazylegs Crane, and would in turn always outsmart him.
When series began airing in 1976 as part of The Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half-Hour-and-a-Half Show, NBC redubbed Tijuana Toads and renamed it Texas Toads to make the series less offensive.
Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1905 – May 26, 1995),credited as I. Freleng early in his career, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, producer, and composer known for his work at Warner Bros. Cartoons on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.
He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam (to whom he was said to bear more than a passing resemblance), and Speedy Gonzales. The senior director at Warners' Termite Terrace studio, Freleng directed more cartoons than any other director in the studio (a total of 266), and is also the most honored of the Warner directors, having won five Academy Awards and three Emmy Awards. After Warner closed down the animation studio in 1963, Freleng and business partner David H. DePatie founded DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, which produced cartoons (including The Pink Panther Show), feature film title sequences, and Saturday-morning cartoons through the early 1980s.
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