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    Hare-Um Scare-Um Bugs Bunny Prototype Production Cel (Warner Brothers, 1939). This, folks, is a piece of pure Looney Tunes history! This is one of the earliest cels from the short that introduced the character who became Bugs Bunny. This was actually the third appearance of the prototype-Bugs, however it was the first time he was colored grey instead of white. The model sheet on Bug's redesign was done by Charlie Thornson and this short was directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway and Cal Dalton. Legend has it that Thorson's model sheet came back marked as "Bug's Bunny" and some animation historians credit that model sheet and this specific cartoon as the inspiration for what become "that wascally wabbit" we all know and love. This Merrie Melodies theatrical short premiered on 8-12-39. In this extremely rare hand-inked, hand-painted production cel, John Sourpuss's hunting dog is going for a kiss with the "female dog" that is actually the empty dog-costume that the Bunny was wearing seconds before. This can be seen at about the 4:47 mark. So Bugs Bunny was pulling that cross-dressing routine from the very beginning! The cel is laminated to a board, as was the practice at that time, and is in the original glass front 10.75" x 8.75" frame. There is a silver sticker on the front that reads "From Hollywood -- Original Hand Painted Characters used in producing "Merrie Melodies" and "Looney Tunes." The back of the frame has a printed sticker that reads "This is a genuine and original hand painting which I used in the Merrie Melodies "Hare-Um Scare-Um -- Leon Schlesinger." Some handling wear and age, however overall in Fine condition.

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