DescriptionJay Ward Studio and Alex Agnatiev - Crusader Rabbit and Ragland T. Tiger Original Animation Art Model Sheets (circa 1946). Alex Anderson, a nephew of Terrytoon Studios founder Paul Terry, created "Crusader Rabbit," and it became the first animated TV series. When Terry opted out of involvement with the project, Anderson contacted his old school chum, Jay Ward, to produce the series, and the two soon formed Television Arts Productions. The name of the "Crusader Rabbit" character came from Ward's concept of the rabbit as "a sort of crusading Don Quixote." The TV industry was in its infancy, and its budgets were minimal, so Anderson's solution to this was to create a "comic strip with some limited movement." Anderson's special comedic twist was trying to find characters whose personalities were the opposite of their physical appearances, and so he envisioned a character with a strong aggressive personality, in a body which audiences would believe belonged to a shy, passive character -- hence, "Crusader Rabbit." This lot contains two early model sheets. One is a red pencil drawing, which measures 8" x 12" , on which the mouth positions for various phonetic sounds are detailed for Crusader Rabbit at the top, and Ragland T. Tiger, or Rags the Tiger, on the bottom. The second, a blue pencil model sheet which measures 8.25" x 11.5", features a profile and front view of Rags the Tiger, as well as detail studies of Rags' head, hands, and hat. This piece was drawn by Alex Agnatiev, an animator known for his work with Bill Tytla, on the Disney feature "Fantasia." "Crusader Rabbit" was the first step in the evolution of TV animation and satire; here's your chance to own an incredible piece of cartoon history.
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