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ORIGINAL PRODUCTION CELS AND DRAWINGS


United Film Production (UPA) was established by former Disney animators John Hubley, Zack Schwartz, Dave Hilberman and Steve Bosustow after the animation strike against Disney in 941. Their mission was founded in the belief that animation was an artistic form of expression that didn't necessarily have to follow the Disney model of "The Illusion of Life", but instead could be more graphic and experimental in the design of characters, layouts and backgrounds. Their first production was a cartoon called "Hell Bent for Election" designed to help re-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, and directed by Chuck Jones. Columbia Studios quickly gave them a contract for the production and distribution of theatrical shorts, the first of which won a Nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject of 1948 , "Robin Hoodlum." The following year UPA introduced their most successful character, Mister Magoo, in "The Ragtime Bear", which lead to a series of Magoo cartoons , each highly stylized and distinctly different than the Disney look, two of which won Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Subject, "When Magoo Flew" (1953) and "Magoo's Puddle Jumper" (1955). But their most critically acclaimed character arrived in 1951, the title character of "Gerald McBoing-Boing", based on a story by children's author Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, and which once again snagged the Academy Award . UPA's golden age came to a sad and abrupt end in 1952 when Hubley fell victim to the McCarthy era blacklisting. Upon his release (at Columbia's insistence) dozens of artists followed him out the door, and the studio was sold to Henry G. Saperstein. What followed was never quite as inspired as the brilliantly graphic and so-called "limited" style of animation that influenced the industry for decades to come (as evidenced in the work of Chuck Jones at Warner Bros. and even at Disney in films like "101 Dalmatians" and "The Sword in the Stone.") After two final high-water-mark accomplishments ,the 1963 "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" produced for television, and the Abe Levitow directed and Chuck Jones written "Gay Purr-ee" for theatres - the studio eventually stopped producing original animation altogether and became a film distributor of such Japanese films as Godzilla ,thus bringing to a sad end the once brilliant and progressive animation unit that changed the face of animation.

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Mr. Magoo Gerald McBoing Boing Gay Puree
Pete Hothead The Emperors New Clothes Misc Productions
Madeline Trees And Jamaica Daddy  

 


MR. MAGOO
UPA's most well known creation.

Great Original Production Cel SetUp of Magoo and the Bear from "Ragtime Bear" (1949), the first Magoo Short Produced. The cels have been placed on a color copy background. The untrimmed cels measure 10.25" x 12.5" . Magoo is 3" tall...$600 (#03magoo01)

Great Original Production Cel SetUp of Magoo and the Bear from "Ragtime Bear" (1949), the first Magoo Short Produced. The cels have been placed on a color copy background. The untrimmed cels measure 10.25" x 12.5" . Magoo is 3" tall...$600 (#03magoo02)

Great Original Production Cel SetUp of Magoo and the Bear from "Ragtime Bear" (1949), the first Magoo Short Produced. The cels have been placed on a color copy background. The untrimmed cels measure 10.25" x 12.5" . Magoo is 4" tall...$600 (#03magoo03)

Great Production Cel of Dick Tracy from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 6.5" X 3.5"...$300 (#Magoo002)

Nice Production Cel of Magoo from a 1950's short. The untrimmed Animation Cel measures 10.5" X 12.5". Magoo's image size is 3.5" X 2.5"...$100 (#Magoo015)

Great Original Layout Drawing of an underwater sea wreck with 3 small fish characters from a Mr. Magoo cartoon. The layout is 10.25" X 12.5" The image is 8" X 11"...$75 (#magoo004)

Nice background layout from a Mr. Magoo cartoon. The drawing measures 10.5" X 13" The image is 7" X 12"...$60 (magoo005)

Great Production Cel of Dick Tracy and the Cop from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 6" X 5"...$300 (#magoo008)

Great Production Cel of Flattop from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cels measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 4" X 5"...$250 (#magoo009)

Great Production Cel from of a cop character from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cels measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 4" X 5"...$50 (#magoo010)

Great Production Cel from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cels measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 4" X 5"...$200 (#magoo011)

Great Original Production Cel set-up of Magoo and several other characters from the 1950's series. The reflections are from the protective bag the art is stored in. The cels are trimmed slightly and measure 9.5" x 12.5" and the character image area measures 5" x 7.5"...$250 (#magoo014)

Great Original Production Cel SetUp of Magoo and the Bear from "Ragtime Bear" (1949), the first Magoo Short Produced. The cel have been placed on a color copy of the matching background. The untrimmed cels measure 10.25" x 12.5" and the character image area measures 5" x 6"...$600 (#magoo018)

Rare production cels from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cels measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 6" X 8"...$350 (#01tracy11)

Fantastic Matching Cels and Pan Master Background from the 1956 Academy Award Winning Short, "Magoo's Puddle Jumper". This short is one of the most well known in the Magoo series. The Pan Master Background measures 11" X 20"...$1500 (#01magoo09)

Great Production Cel of Pruneface from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5". The total image size is 4" X 5"...$150 (#01tracy05)

Excellent Original Model sheet from the "Uncle Sam Magoo" TV series (1970). The untrimmed Animation Paper measures 10.5" X 12.5". Total image size is 9.5" X 11"...$60 (#01magoo13)

Excellent Original Model sheet from the "Uncle Sam Magoo" TV series (1970). The untrimmed Animation Paper measures 10.5" X 12.5". Total image size is 8" X 7.5"...$60 (#01magoo14)

Excellent Original Model Drawing of Mumbles from "The Famous Adventures Of Mr. Magoo: Dick Tracy" (1964) TV Series. The untrimmed Animation Paper measures 10" X 12.5". There are several creases and folds in the paper. Each image of Mumbles measures about 4.5" X 3"...$60 (#01magoo15)

Excellent Original Model sheet from the "Uncle Sam Magoo" TV series (1970). The untrimmed Animation Paper measures 10.5" X 12.5". Total image size is 10" X 11"...$60 (#01magoo16)

Excellent Original Model sheet from the "Uncle Sam Magoo" TV series (1970). The untrimmed Animation Paper measures 10.5" X 12.5". There is a tear visible in the upper right hand corner that has been repaired by tape sometime in the past (the tape looks pretty old) Total image size is 10" X 11.5"...$60 (#01magoo17)

Excellent Original Model sheet from the "Uncle Sam Magoo" TV series (1970). The untrimmed Animation Paper measures 10.5" X 12.5". Total image size is 6.5" X 9.5"...$60 (#01magoo18)

Great cel of Aladdin on his magic carpet from 1001 Arabian Nights (1959). The cel has been slightly trimmed to 8" X 12". The image size is 2.5" X 6.5" ...$40 (UPA10magoo3)

Nice production layout from a Mr. Magoo cartoon. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10" X 12.5" The images size is 8" X 11" ...$40 (UPAmagoo12)

Nice background layout from a Mr. Magoo cartoon. The window has been cut out at the studio, most likely for a cel to show through. There is also some staining in the middle of the layout. The layout is 9.5" X 12.5" The image is 9" X 12"...$40 (UPA10magoo18)

Nice background layout from a Mr. Magoo cartoon. There is also some staining in the middle of the layout. The layout is 9.5" X 12.5" The image is 9" X 12"...$40 (UPA10magoo19)



GERALD McBOING BOING

Artwork from this 1951 short is extremely Rare. The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is untrimmed and measures 10.5" X 12.5". It has been placed on a color xerox background. Gerald's image size is 2.75" X 2"...$600 (#boing002)

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is trimmed to image and reattached to a new cel that measures 10.5" X 12.5". It has been placed on a color copy background. Gerald's image size is 4" X 2.5"...$600 (#boing003)

Rare original Production Cels of Gerald and his Father. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a color copy background. Gerald's image size is 3" X 1.5". The Father measures 7" X 3.5"...$700 (#boing004)

Rare original Production Cels of Gerald and his Father. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a color copy background. Gerald's image size is 3" X 1.5". The Father measures 5.5" X 5"...$700 (#boing005)

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is untrimmed and measures 10.5" X 12.5". It has been placed on a color xerox background. Gerald's image size is 3" X 1.5"...$600 (#boing006)

Original Production Cels of Gerald and his Father. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a color copy background. Gerald's image size is 3" X 1.5". The Father measures 6" X 4"...$700 (#boing008)

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from the Academy Award winning "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is untrimmed and measures 10.5" X 12.5". Gerald's image size is about 2.5" X 1.5"...$600 (#boing009)

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is untrimmed and measures 10.5" X 12.5". Gerald's image size is about 2.5" X 1.5"...$600 (#boing010)

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is untrimmed and measures 10.5" X 12.5". It has been placed on a color photographic background. Gerald's image size is 2.75" X 1.25"...$600 (#boing011)

An Original Production Cel of Gerald from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The cel is trimmed to image and reattached to a new cel that measures 10.5" X 12.5". It has been placed on a color photographic repo background. Gerald's image size is 4" X 2.5"...$600 (#boing012)

Rare original Production Cel from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a color copy background. Gerald's image size is 3" X 2"...$800 (#01ger01)

Rare original Production Cels of Gerald and his Father from "Gerald McBoing Boing" (1951). The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a color copy background. Gerald's image size is 3" X 1.5". The Father measures 7" X 3"...$900 (#01ger02)

Excellent large image of Gerald from one of the later 19509s shorts. The untrimmed Animation cel measures 10.5" X 12.5". Gerald's image size is 5.5" X 4"...$600 (#01ger04)

MADELINE

Beautiful multi-cel setup with matching Production Background from this classic 1952 short. The untrimmedcels and background measure 10.5" X 12.5"...$1500 (#01mad02)

 

PETE HOTHEAD

Excellent Bill Hurtz Storyboard Panel from a 1950s Pete Hothead Short. The entire panel measures 3.5" X 4.5"...$200 (#UPA2pete)

Excellent Bill Hurtz Storyboard Panel from a 1950s Pete Hothead Short. The entire panel measures 3.5" X 4.5"...$200 (#UPA2pete2)


Excellent Bill Hurtz Storyboard Panel from a 1950s Pete Hothead Short. The entire panel measures 4" X 5"...$250 (#UPA2pete4)

Excellent Bill Hurtz Storyboard Panel from a 1950s Pete Hothead Short. The entire panel measures 3.5" X 2.5"...$200 (UPApete4)

 

 

MAN ALIVE

 

This excellent original storyboard of a man and his wife cruising along in their car is from the 1950s "Man Alive." The image is on untrimmed paper that measures 8" X 6" and the image size is 7" X 4" ...$75 (UPApete8)

 

 

TREES AND JAMAICA DADDY

 

 

 

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES


A Rare cel of the King from The Emperors New Clothes. The image is on an untrimmed animation cel and the image size is 1.75" X 1.5"...$40 (UPAemp01)

A Rare cel of the King from The Emperors New Clothes. The image is on an untrimmed animation cel and the image size is 2.25" X 1.25"...$40 (UPAemp04)

A Rare cel from The Emperors New Clothes. The image is on an untrimmed animation cel and the image size is 6.25" X 5.75"...$75 (UPAemp05)

A Rare cel from The Emperors New Clothes. The is some light cracking in the paint and a small chip. The image is on an untrimmed animation cel and the image size is 6 X 4.5"...$50 (UPAemp13)

.A Rare cel from The Emperors New Clothes. The image is on an untrimmed animation cel and the image size is 3" X 4.5"...$25 (UPAemp17)

A Rare large cel from The Emperors New Clothes. The image is on an untrimmed animation cel and the image size is 9" X 8.5"...$75 (UPAemp18)

 



GAY PUREE

Excellent Production Cel featuring Robespierre. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a original pencil layout. Robespierre's image size is 3.5" X 3"...$500 (#01gay05)

 

Excellent Production Cels featuring Mewsette. The untrimmed cel measures 10.5" X 12.5" and has been placed on a color copy background. Mewsette's image size is 1.5" X 2"...$300 (#01gay10)

 
MISC PRODUCTIONS

Amazingly rare Paul Julian Thumbnail sketches from "The Tell Tale Heart" (1953). The untrimmed Animation paper measures 10.5" X 12.5"...$2000 (#01tell01)


GEORGIE & THE DRAGON - Charming pair of Production Drawings of the Dragon and Georgie. Each on 10.5" x 12.5" animation paper. The Dragon measures 3.75"x 2.5" and Georgie measures 3" x 1.5"...$200 PAIR (#UPS-14drag01AB)

TALE OF TWO KITTIES ...A great trimmed Thumbnail drawing. The paper has been trimmed to 2.5" X 4" and the image is 2" X 2.5 "...$20 (UPAtale11)

LETS ALL SING...An excellent production drawing from "Let's All Sing."" This great shot of a man flying through the air is on animation paper that measures 10.5" X 12.5" and the image is 4" X 4.5"...$75 (UpaLets01)

....A very nice model drawing of a General and his aid from a Wartime cartoon. The image is on an untrimmed piece of animation paper that measures 10.5" X 12.5." The overall image size is 7.75" X8.75"...$40 (Upawar05)

A PILOT...A nice model drawing of a pilot from a Wartime cartoon, pointing out where his plane touched down. The drawing is on a piece of untrimmed paper that measures 10.5" X 12.5." The overall image size is 3" X 2.75"...$25 (Upawar06)

LANDING OFFICER...An excellent drawing of a man directing a plane onto the carrier. The drawing is on a piece of untrimmed paper that measures 10.5" X 12.5." The overall image size is 5" X 8"...$25 (Upawar07)

LANDING OFFICER...An nice drawing of a man directing a plane onto the carrier. The Drawing is on a piece of untrimmed paper that measures 10.5" X 12.5." The overall image size is 4" X 4.5"...$25 (Upawar08)


...Great production drawing from an unknown (probably Wartime) UPA production. The untrimmed animation paper measures 10.5" X 12". There is a portion of the paper missing in the right hand corner, but the image is not affected. The total image size of the character is 4" X 4"...$60 (#UPA2plane)






We have several more UPA drawings, cels, and model sheets in stock!! Give us a call at 818-788-2357, and let us know what you are looking for.

 


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