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Custom Animation Cels
« on: May 12, 2020, 11:36:20 AM »
   I was sort of inspired by the Original Art in Our Collections thread, although these examples may not necessarily fall under that topic. I love animation cels, I really think that they are an amazing art form; so I have tried to recreate several for my own collection.  Admittedly, animation in the monster genre is rather limited, so my subject matter could be considered somewhat eclectic. 

     The cel below is obviously taken from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I believe that this layout was originally created by Joe Busam as an Old Dark Clubhouse premium. I tried to copy it as best I could, and was fortunate to find a great frame to display it in.

    Some of the following examples may not have been the greatest seriesí ever made; nor was most the artwork that great. Even trying to find a decent pose was difficult, but I think I was able to make it work. I still have fond memories of Hanna-Barberaís Godzilla Power Hour; even though, looking back at it, it wasnít very good. Never the less, it filled the void between that long gap in Kaiju films. If only they were able to draw Godzilla as well as the closing credits pencil sketches.

     Return to the Planet of the Apes had potential, but it seemed like everyone involved just phoned it in. I often wonder if just a bit more effort and creativity were put into it, if it might have perpetuated the series and marketing the way that Beetlejuice and the Real Ghostbusters did for their franchises, a decade later.

      As a fan of both the original comic books as well as the Tales from the Crypt TV series, I was really looking forward to the Tales from the Cryptkeeper cartoon spin-off. Would it push the limits of Saturday morning television in a Goosebumps-like fashion? Sadly, no; but I did rather like the animated design of the Cryptkeeper. It sort of remind me of the Creep from Creepshow; which is kind of ironic since I always thought that they patterned TVís Cryptkeeper after that character. This cel (and its background) is painted in fluorescent, day-glo colors.

     Finally, while not really monster related, I always loved the Pink Panther, especially the opening sequences from the films. This one is all hand drawn, using paint markers; and hangs on the wall of my theater room, to lighten up the atmosphere.

    Let me know if any of you have or collect animation cels.
When times are dark, donít consider art to be merely a distraction; rather, think of it as a lifeline-  Neil Gaiman paraphrase.

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Re: Custom Animation Cels
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2020, 12:35:12 PM »
Wow, they're breath-taking! I would definitely fight you for a couple of those!
During my boyhood, one of our neighbors was an animator. Shortly before the family moved away,
I went scavenging through their trash and found stacks of original cartoon art: cels, storyboards,
concept sketches, the works. Not being a child of vision, I gave it all away to other kids in my
art class. It made me very popular for a little while but prevents me from contributing any pics
to this post. I could never afford to get it all back today.


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Re: Custom Animation Cels
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2020, 01:29:09 PM »
Love them all Brick, thanks for showing them to us.