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    Private Snafu Production Cel and Key Master Background (Warner Brothers, 1943). Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black-and-white American instructional adult animated shorts, ironic and humorous in tone, that were produced between 1943 and 1945 during World War II. The films were designed to instruct service personnel about security, proper sanitation habits, booby traps, and other military subjects, and to improve troop morale. Primarily, they demonstrate the negative consequences of doing things wrong. In this piece the topic is keeping secrets because the enemy is listening. The shorts were produced by Leon Schlesinger for Warner Brothers and directed by Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002), Friz Freleng (1906 - 1995) and Bob Clampett (1913 - 1984). Mel Blanc (1908 - 1989) provided the voices for these shorts, written by Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991). The cel offered in this lot was hand-inked, hand-painted and paired with the 12 field Key Master background. The artwork is in a 19.25" x 17" frame with Plexiglas and a mat opening of 11" x 8.5". Frame sold as-is. Animation art from the World War II era is considered rare and highly sought after by discerning collectors of animation. Condition is Very Good.

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    December, 2019
    13th-15th Friday-Sunday
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