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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Original Pan Production Animation Background Layout Drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother from "Jerry and Jumbo," 1953


Original pan production animation background layout drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother from "Jerry and Jumbo," 1953, MGM Studios; Graphite and red pencils on peg hole paper; Production numbers upper right and left; Size - Tom: 4 1/4 x 1 3/4", Jerry, Jumbo, & Jumbo's Mother: 8 1/4 x 6", Sheet 10 1/2 x 49 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 far left side of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother.


Close up of the left side of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother.


Close up of the left side of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother.

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 right side of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother.

This drawing is from the end of the film 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 elephants cause Tom to begin to laugh hysterically and he runs off into the distance.


Close up of the far right side of the original pan production animation background layout drawing of Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Jumbo's Mother.

This is a large pan production animation background layout drawing from the scene when Jumbo's mother appears and, like her son, disguises herself as a mouse. Tom grabs his shotgun, but outside the house he is confronted by all three mice and his gun suddenly goes limp. Tom begins to laugh hysterically and runs off crashing through the brick wall and a fence. The drawing contains handwritten notes on the horizon line stating: "Last frame of Tom." This an extremely large drawing measuring an incredible 49 1/2 inches long, with a section added to the right to accommodate Tom's final encounter with the fence. All three full figure characters of the film are rendered in red pencil including Tom, Jerry, Jumbo, and Mrs. Jumbo. Robert Gentle painted the background, and a note written to him appears lower left. A fantastic piece of animation artwork that would be a great addition to any collection!