Framed/Matted Hand Painted Progressive Cel on Printed Background Limited (500)
By Virgil Ross
Size: 20.5 x 24
Compilation of 4 Production Cels to Show Movement in 1 Piece
Certificate of Authenticity Included
About The Artist
Virgil Ross was a legendary animator who worked chiefly at Warner Brothers during the 'Golden Years of Animation'. Having moved through the ranks of the pioneering studios (as a trainee forÂ Charles Mintz, in 1930, for $6 a week salary, and forÂ Walter LantzÂ -- briefly -- in 1935), Ross joinedÂ Tex AveryÂ atÂ Leon Schlesinger's 'Termite Terrace'. He remained there until Warner Brothers dissolved their cartoon department in 1964. Thereafter, he delved into the world of low-budget animation, ending up at Filmation in the 60's and 70's, turning out 'Batman', 'Superman' and 'Star Trek' cartoons. Ross excelled at facial expression and had a keen eye for gesture and movement in his drawings. He was at his best designing action and dance sequences, ideally showcased in episodes likeÂ Rhapsody RabbitÂ (1946) (he was reputedly quite nimble on the dance floor himself). Moreover, he was instrumental in the development and maturation of the character who captained the Looney Tunes ship: Bugs Bunny (his creations included the rabbit's first Oscar-nominated short,Â A Wild HareÂ (1940)). During his lengthy tenure as a key member ofÂ Friz Freleng's unit, he also perfected perennial favorites Yosemite Sam (Knighty Knight BugsÂ (1958)) and Sylvester (Bad Ol' Putty TatÂ (1949),Â A Mouse DividedÂ (1953),A Street Cat Named SylvesterÂ (1953). etc). In 1988, Ross was honored with the highest accolade in animation, the Winsor McKay Achievement Award in animation.
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