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Southern Fried Rabbit (1953) by Virgil Ross

Warner Bros

Generations of children have grown up watching the antics of the Looney Tunes cartoon characters
on both television and in theatres. We are delighted to offer collectors an incredible selection of original
and limited edition artwork spanning the Warner Brothers studio over the past 70 years.

Southern Fried Rabbit (1953) by Virgil Ross

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Southern Fried Rabbit (1953) by Virgil Ross

1,200.00

Original Character Drawing
Rendered in Colored Pencil on Animation Paper
Artist: Virgil Ross
Produced By: Warner Brothers
Size: 12.5" x 10.5" inches (unframed)
Circa: 1990's
Worldwide Shipping (FedEx): $30 USD

Item Code: VROSS-0019

COMMENTS
Virgil Ross - Original Color Pencil Drawing featuring Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny (Warner Bros., undated).

One of Termite Terrace's most brilliant animators, Virgil Ross, illustrates this very RARE piece featuring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam in a famous scene from the classic Friz Freleng theatrical short: "Southern Fried Rabbit" (1953). The art is rendered in colored pencil on a 12.5" x 10.5" sheet of animation paper and it is in EXCELLENT condition. Signed by Virgil Ross at the bottom right.

These beautiful Ross drawings are highly sought after by Warners collectors, and are becoming increasingly difficult to find. They retailed in galleries for over $2000.00 in the late 1990's.

VIRGIL ROSS
Virgil Ross began his animation career with the Winkler Studios in the late 1920s, then went on to Ub Iwerks, where he rose from the rank of in-betweener to animator and worked with Tex Avery. In 1935, Ross and Avery left Ub Iwerks and joined Warner Bros. where they created the first Bugs Bunny animated short, “A Wild Hare” in 1940, which brought Bugs his first Oscar nomination.

In 1942, after stints with other Warner Bros. directors such as Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett, Ross began a long career with Friz Freleng’s unit, where he animated over 230 cartoons, many of which were nominated for Oscars.

Four Ross-animated cartoons won Oscars: “Tweety Pie” (1947), “Speedy Gonzales” (1955), “Birds Anonymous” (1957), and “Knighty Knight Bugs” (1958). “Knighty Knight Bugs” was Bugs Bunny’s only Oscar-winning performance.

Known for bringing personality into the characters he animated, Ross’ style is said to be one of the finest examples of personality animation in the world. Ross, who died in 1996, had said his favorite animation effort was “Rhapsody Rabbit,” in which he played some of the cartoon’s classical music and honky-tonk tunes.

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