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    It's Tough To Be a Bird Production Cel and Ward Kimball Photo with Press Release Group (Walt Disney, 1969). "You know it's not easy being a bird, but what ya gonna do?" says the little red bird who hosts this cartoon, in the opening. This cartoon was directed, produced and co-written by Ward Kimball, with animation by Eric Larson, and layouts by Joe Hale. It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Cartoon. It was released on 12/10/69. This is an original studio trimmed production cel of the red narration bird, in a mat with the studio publicity photo of Ward Kimball holding the winning Oscar. It is housed in a mat measuring 17" x 13". Photo is 8" x 10". Cel is trimmed to 4" x 4". Also included is the 8-page original typed press release for this short. Photo and production cel are in one common mat. Minor handling wear. In Very Good condition.

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