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DescriptionThe Butcher of Seville Painted Backgrounds Group of 2 (Terrytoons, 1944). An operatic cartoon? Terrytoons did one thirteen years before Chuck Jones' classic Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd short, What's Opera, Doc? and six years before his Bunny of Seville with this forgotten treasure. Taking off on The Barber of Seville and also taking aim at wartime meat shortages, the cartoon features a cat butcher with no meat to sell, so he decides to steal a cow. All this takes place on stage. These are two original hand-painted 12 field 3-peghole backgrounds from this Eddie Donnelly-directed short, attributed to the hand of Anderson Craig (1904 - 1964). Both are stage scenes; the first, noted as 15A and 15C, can be found approximately 2:19 into the short. Notice the meat cleaver hanging on the butcher block -- this is an actual hand-inked/painted cel that was trimmed and added in the scene. The second piece is noted as Sc31, and can be briefly spotted at the 4:38 mark. Both are typically beautiful Terrytoons backgrounds that will work with other cels for nice setups. Minor handling and edge wear, with some tape residue along the right side of the first piece; Very Good overall condition.
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