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Original Production Animation BG and Cel of The Wickersham Brothers from "Horton Hears A Who!," 1970


Original Production Animation Background and Cel of The Wickersham Brothers from Dr. Seuss "Horton Hears A Who!," 1970

Original hand painted production animation cel of The Wickersham Brothers from Dr. Seuss "Horton Hears A Who!," 1970, Chuck Jones Enterprises; Set on a hand painted production background; Production numbers in pencil upper right corner of the background; Size - Wickersham Brothers: 5 1/2 x 4", Image 9 1/2 x 13", Background 10 1/2 x 14 1/2"; Unframed.


"We're the Wickersham Brothers. We're onto your plot. Pretending you're talking to Whos who are not." - The Wickersham Brothers


Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones (1912 – 2002) was an American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter; and is best known for his work on the Warner Bros. Cartoons, Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies shorts. He wrote, produced, and/or directed many classic animated cartoon shorts, that all of us remember, starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig and many other star Warner Bros. characters.


After his career at Warner Bros. ended in 1962, he started Sib Tower 12 Productions and began producing cartoons for MGM; including a new series of Tom and Jerry shorts. Also at MGM, in collaboration with Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), he created one of his most famous films; the television adaptation of Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" Chuck Jones later started his own studio, Chuck Jones Enterprises, where he created several one-shot specials and would periodically work on Looney Tunes related projects.


Chuck Jones was nominated for an Academy Award eight times and won three; receiving awards for the cartoons "For Scent-imental Reasons," "So Much for So Little," and "The Dot and the Line." He received an Honorary Academy Award in 1996 for his work in the animation industry. The famous film historian Leonard Maltin praised Jones' work at Warner Bros., MGM, and at Chuck Jones Enterprises. In Jerry Beck's "The 50 Greatest Cartoons," ten of the entries were directed by Jones, with four out of the five top cartoons being Chuck Jones shorts.


"Horton Hears a Who!" is a television animated special that was originally aired on CBS on March 19, 1970. The film was directed and produced by the legendary animator Chuck Jones. It was based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name and was a follow up to Jones's successful adaptation of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" The film contains songs with lyrics by Seuss and music by Eugene Poddany, who had previously written songs for the Seuss' book "The Cat in the Hat Song Book." "Horton Hears a Who!" stars the voice talents of Hans Conried (Narrator, Horton, and Dr. H. Hoovey), Chuck Jones (Junior Kangaroo, Vlad Vladikoff (renamed Whizzer McKwoff), JoJo, several male Whos), June Foray (Jane Kangaroo, Birds, several female Whos), the musical group The Mellomen as the voices of the Wickersham Brothers, and the MGM Chorus as the Citizens of Whoville.


"Horton Hears a Who!" is about an elephant named Horton who discovers a microscopic community of intelligent beings called Whos, who are so small that they live on a speck of dust. Because of Horton's excellent hearing, only he can hear them and decides he will try and keep them safe from all the dangers they may face. However, the other animals around him thinks that he has gone crazy and decide to take actions for his own good. The story revolves around Horton's struggle to save the Whos from impending tragedy and against all odds.


This is a wonderful hand painted production background and cel of all three of The Wickersham Brothers. Jane the Kangaroo sends The Wickersham Brothers to take the clover flower (with the dust speck) away from Horton, because they believe he as gone crazy. Both the cel and background are from the scene when they find Horton and attempt to take the clover flower containing the Whos. The Wickersham Brothers sing the song "We're The Wickersham Brothers" which was written by Dr. Seuss, with music by Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany. An extremely rare original background and cel of this wicked trio of monkeys. This would make a great addition to any animation art collection!


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