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    Bill Hurtz Nell Fenwick Sketch Original Art (undated). This portrait of Nell Fenwick, drawn in pencil and black marker on brown paper, has an approximate overall size of 12" x 8.5", and aside from irregular right and bottom margins, it's in Very Good condition. Dudley Do-Right romantically pursued Nell Fenwick, the daughter of Inspector Fenwick, the head of this Mountie station. A running gag throughout the series was Nell's great affection for Dudley's horse (called Horse) and indifferent to Dudley's interest in her. Inscribed and signed. Bill Hurtz was a founder of the trendsetting United Productions of America animation studio, and his career stretched from Walt Disney in the 1930s to Rugrats in the 1990s, with stops in between for Mr. Magoo, George of the Jungle, and Cap'n Crunch. Hurtz was hired in 1938 by Walt Disney Studios, where he worked on the dancing mushroom sequence in the first Fantasia feature, released in 1940. It was Mr. Hurtz, an active member of the Hollywood Cartoonists Union, who made the motion in 1941 to go on strike against Disney. The labor dispute lasted for several months and was credited by many with helping raise the status and wages of animators in Hollywood. In 1951, Mr. Hurtz was the layout artist for Gerald McBoing-Boing, an animated short that won an Academy Award for U.P.A. The idea came from Theodore Geisel, who wrote under the name Dr. Seuss, and who had become a friend of many of the U.P.A. founders during the war. The cartoon came to symbolize the studio's radical, anti-Disney approach to animation. ''Everything about the film is simple, but highly stylized,'' Time magazine reported. ''Bold line drawings, understated motion, striking color and airy design in the spirit of modern poster art.''

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    February, 2014
    9th Sunday
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