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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"High Diving Hare" (1949)-Bugs Pencil Signed by Freleng & Ross

If you like animation, they there are other non-Disney characters that are nice to have. Obviously, Bugs Bunny is one of them!

"High Diving Hare" (1949) - Pencils Signed by Friz Freleng and Virgil Ross

I was able to pick up 3 nice images of Bugs walking -- not one image after another, but this set give you a better appreciation for Bugs' gate. And image #73 also has color model markings. Framed as a set, they show nicely...

In addition to having some great examples of Bugs Bunny, it is also a pleasure to have Bugs' parents sign the sheet.

Friz Freleng was part of the Kansas City group, along with Ub Iwerks and Hugh Harman. He moved to California in 1927 to join Disney, but their paths diverted. Freleng worked on a number of projects, but when he joined Warner Bros. he seemed to really start running. While there are a host contributions made by Friz Freling, his development of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies top the list. In addition, he had a hand in bringing to all of us Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird and numerous others.

Virgil Ross also worked for Charles Mintz (Oswald), Ub Iwerks (when Iwerks was starting his own company) and others. When he joined Freleng, one of this primary characters was Bugs Bunny. These drawings were from Ross' collection.

----- DATABASE NOTES -----

From “High Diving Hare” (1949). Bugs Bunny production drawings from “High Diving Hare” 1949. Cartoon was directed by Friz Freleng and Animated by Virgil Ross. The drawings are signed by BOTH! Items are: #73 (which is the color model sheet) [SeqID-1177]; #75 [SeqID-1178] and #79 [SeqID-1179]. 2-Hole top. Color model sheet. [12”W x 9.5”H] All framed together and listed as SeqID-1177

Seller's Notes: All three are great drawings and came from Virgil own collection, which I appraised for Warner Brothers back in 1998. The collection consisted of some 1,800 drawings.

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