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Original Production Animation Cel of Mowgli and Baloo from "Mowgli's Brothers," 1976

Original production animation cel of Mowgli and Baloo from "Mowgli's Brothers," 1976, Chuck Jones Enterprises; Signed in ink 'Chuck Jones' with "Copyright CHUCK JONES ENT. 1976" lower right; Linda Jones Enterprises seal lower left; Hand signed and dedicated: "For Page Chuck Jones" in ink verso with the Circle Fine Art label; Framed with a blue frame, three mats, and plexiglass.

Original Production Animation Cel of Mowgli and Baloo from "Mowgli's Brothers," 1976

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.

"Mowgli's Brothers" is a 1976 television animated special directed by the legendary animator Chuck Jones. It was based on the first chapter of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book," which had previously been adapted in 1967 by Walt Disney into a full length animated film. The television special was narrated by Roddy McDowall (an English-American actor, voice artist, film director and photographer), who also performed the voices of all the male characters. The famous voice actress June Foray was the voice of Raksha, the Mother Wolf.

"Mowgli's Brothers" originally aired on CBS on February 11, 1976. The special was released on VHS by Family Home Entertainment in 1985, released on VHS again in 1999, and on DVD in 2002 by Lionsgate."

This is a wonderful hand painted production animation cel of the two main characters hugging; Mowgli and his best friend Baloo the bear! The artwork was originally released under Chuck Jones's daughter's animation company, Linda Jones Enterprises and bears her seal lower left. The cel is hand signed on the front by director Chuck Jones, and dedicated and signed again on the verso, "For Page Chuck Jones." The framed piece is very beautiful, the pose of the characters is adorable, and it would make a great addition to any animation collection!

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