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    Virgil Ross - The Grinch as Santa "Model Sheet" Drawing (MGM, c. 1990s) "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!" In this expressive drawing by legendary Warner Brothers animator Virgil Ross (1907 - 1996), we see the many faces of the "bad" Grinch. He is in his homemade Santa suit, ready to steal Christmas from Whoville. Virgil Ross worked in the Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Friz Freleng units at Warner Brothers. He was famous for his action and dance sequences, as well as his facial expressions. He worked on three Looney Tunes shorts that received Academy Award nominations -- Tweety Pie, Birds Anonymous and Knighty Knight Bugs. Mr. Ross began releasing hand-painted Limited Edition cels of progressions of his famous Looney Tunes scenes as part of the "Masters Collection" for the Warner Brothers Studio Stores and animation galleries. He began making personal appearances where he created one-of-a-kind drawings of the Looney Tunes characters as well as cartoons he worked on for other studios, like this one. He received the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in 1988. This signed artwork is on 16 field 5-peghole animation paper, and the seven images, constructed in graphite with blue pencil underdrawing, range in size from 5" to 7.5". There is minor edgewear, otherwise condition is Fine.

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