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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Opening Title Sequence Production Cel (Playhouse Pictures, 1963). Many count this Stanley Kramer film among their all-time favorites, and the fact that a lavish new DVD set has just been announced attests to the picture's fervent following. The opening title animated sequence was done by Saul Bass, and the animation was done by Playhouse Pictures. Bill Melendez did a great deal of work on this. The titles open up with "starring Spencer Tracy." and then the cast is presented. This is the only opening title sequence cel known to exist. The hand-painted pink globe is cut out by hand and mounted to the pink background. This cel was on display at the offices of Playhouse Pictures for years. Accompanying this historic find is a working print of all the tiles that the animation department used for production. It showcases nine stars in alphabetical order from Milton Berle through Jonathan Winters, "also starring" Edie Adams and Dorothy Provine, then 11 co-stars (Jim Backus, Peter Falk, etc.), closing with "and Jimmy Durante." Handling and slight tears in this rare print. The cel is a trimmed cel set-up of two levels. Tape residue around edges. Matted. Fine. A piece of movie and animation history! From the Playhouse Pictures Archive.

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