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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Original Pan Production Animation Background Layout Drawing of Jerry and Jumbo from "Jerry and Jumbo," 1953


Original pan production animation background layout drawing of Jerry and Jumbo from "Jerry and Jumbo," 1953, MGM Studios; Graphite and red pencils on peg hole paper; Production numbers upper center; Size - Jerry & Jumbo: 11 1/2 x 4 1/4", Sheet 25 x 10 1/2"; Unframed.

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"Jerry and Jumbo" is the 74th animated Tom and Jerry short, created in 1951 but not released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to theaters until February 21, 1953. The film was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by Fred Quimby, and with music by Scott Bradley. It was animated by Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence and Ed Barge; with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and Vera Ohman.


Close up of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Jerry and Jumbo.

The story is that a baby elephant named Jumbo accidentally falls off of a circus train, and right into Tom's bed. Jumbo quickly allies himself with Jerry and with a rolled-up trunk and some paint, passes himself off as a giant mouse. Jerry and Jumbo keep trading places to the confusion of Tom.


Close up of the top half of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Jerry and Jumbo showing the entire sheet.


Close up of the bottom half of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Jerry showing the entire sheet.

This drawing is from the scene when Jumbo and Jerry team up to raid the cupboard of peanuts, but dash into the closet when Tom comes into the room. In the closet they find buckets of paint, which Jerry uses to coat Jumbo in order to disguise him as a gigantic mouse. The chase of Tom against Jerry and Jumbo continues until Jumbo's mother appears, and she also disguises herself as a giant mouse. The disguised mother elephant causes Tom to laugh hysterically and run off into the distance.

This is a large pan production animation background layout drawing of Jerry reaching into a cupboard for a bag of peanuts, while standing on the tip of Jumbo's trunk. Both Jerry and Jumbo are full figure and accomplished in red pencil. The detailed kitchen background is an impressive 25 inches tall! Camera stops are noted along the right of the sheet, and a note to background painters Robert "Bob" Gentle and Vera Ohman is to the left. A fantastic piece of animation artwork that would be a great addition to any collection!