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DescriptionRed Hot Riding Hood Animation Drawings by Preston Blair Sequence of 3 (MGM, 1943). This famous MGM short, voted at #7 in Jerry Beck's classic book The 50 Greatest Cartoons, starts out as an innocent, dull retelling of the old Little Red Riding Hood fable. But oh, does it get interesting -- and provocative! Preston Blair's "grown up" version of Red as a nightclub singer is without a doubt one of animation's sexiest characters, and here she is in a rare sequence of three 12 field 3-peghole animation drawings from Mr. Blair's hand. Unlike other animators who employed live models for things like dance movements, Blair drew Red Hot completely from his imagination, at a pace of about half the output of other artists at the studio. In these amazing, tightly-rendered graphite and color pencil drawings, Red is turning around while singing "Daddy." The entire sequence begins and ends at the 3:14 mark in online viewings. Image sizes for these full-figure drawings average 7.25"; they are numbered 36, 39, and 40 in the lower right, with added notes and a studio stamp indicating these are from production #88, director Tex Avery's third cartoon (and fourth released, on 5/8/43) for MGM. Preston Blair's Red Hot drawings rarely turn up in today's heated animation art market, so don't just sit there and wolf-whistle at these stunning beauties -- bid! Overall condition is Very Good with minor paper toning and handling wear.
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