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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Complete 4 Page MisterJaw-Supershark Friz Freleng Hand Signed Storyboards from a "20 Second Bridge"


Complete 4 page MisterJaw-Supershark storyboards in blue, brown, light blue, purple, and graphite pencils from a "20 Second Bridge," Depatie-Freleng Studios; Signed Friz Freleng in black ink on each page; Size - Sheets: 8 1/2 x 14"; Unframed.


DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, (1963-1981) was an American animation company that was based in Burbank, California. It produced theatrical cartoons, animated series, commercials, film title design sequences, and television specials; but was most known for The Pink Panther film titles and cartoon shorts, as well as the Dr. Seuss cartoon adaptations made for CBS and ABC. The company was founded by two former Warner Bros. Cartoons employees, director/composer/producer Friz Freleng and executive David H. DePatie. Although Freleng and DePatie were no longer working for Warner Bros., they were able to lease the former Warner cartoons studio, complete with equipment and supplies, for only a few dollars each year.


Close up of the Friz Freleng signature.


Original MisterJaw-Supershark storyboard page.


Close up of the Friz Freleng signature. 

Director Blake Edwards contacted DePatie-Freleng and asked them to design a panther character for Edwards's new film, The Pink Panther; and they would also produce the animated titles for the film. The opening titles were hugely popular and soon DePatie-Freleng contracted with United Artists to produce a series of cartoon shorts featuring the Pink Panther. The first entry in the Pink Panther series, The Pink Phink, was directed by Freleng; and won the studio its only Academy Award in 1964. In 1967, DePatie-Freleng would receive another Academy Award nomination for The Pink Blueprint. The studio created over 100 Pink Panther shorts for both theatrical release and television through 1980.


Original MisterJaw-Supershark storyboard page. 


Close up of the Friz Freleng signature. 

The Pink Panther theatrical series of cartoons became the basis of a Saturday morning television series, The Pink Panther Show. The series (1969-1980) also included cartoons of The Inspector; and eventually The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads (a.k.a. Texas Toads), Hoot Kloot, Misterjaw, Roland and Rattfink, The Dogfather, and two Tijuana Toads spinoffs: The Blue Racer and Crazylegs Crane. It was produced by Mirisch Films and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and was broadcast on two American television networks: from September 6, 1969 to September 2, 1978, on NBC; and from September 9, 1978 to September 1, 1980, on ABC (as The All New Pink Panther Show). After nine years on NBC, the Pink Panther moved to ABC in 1978 and was titled The All New Pink Panther Show, where it lasted one season before leaving the network realm entirely. The ABC version of the series featured sixteen episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons, and 16 featuring Crazylegs Crane.

Over its 11 years on various television networks, The Pink Panther Show had a variety of names:
The Pink Panther Show (1969–1970)
The Pink Panther Meets the Ant and the Aardvark (1970–1971)
The New Pink Panther Show (1971–1974)
The Pink Panther and Friends (1974–1976)
It's the All New Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Introducing Misterjaw (1976–1977)
Think Pink Panther (1977–1978)
The All New Pink Panther Show (1978–1980)

"Misterjaw" is a 34-episode cartoon series, produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1976 for "The Pink Panther and Friends" television series on NBC. Misterjaw, a blue-colored great white shark wearing a purple vest with white collar, a black bow tie, and black top hat; was voiced by Arte Johnson. He spoke with a German accent, and mispronounced words such as "knucklehead" (which he pronounced as "ka-nucklehead"). One of his tricks was to leap out of the water and shout "HEEGotcha!" or "Gotcha!" at unsuspecting people. MisterJaw had a sidekick; a green-scaled, brown bowler wearing, Brooklyn-accented, catfish named Catfish. Catfish was voiced by Arnold Stang and usually referred to Misterjaw as "boss" or "chief."


Original MisterJaw-Supershark storyboard page. 


Close up of the Friz Freleng signature. 

Many of the episodes focused on Misterjaw and Catfish trying to catch Harry Halibut (voiced by Bob Ogle). Sometimes Misterjaw and Catfish were pursued by Fearless Freddy the Shark Hunter (voiced by Paul Winchell). The entire series was directed by Robert McKimson, co-directed by Sid Marcus, and produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng. The music and score were composed by Doug Goodwin and all of the episodes included a laugh track.

This is an extremely rare complete 4 page MisterJaw-Supershark storyboard accomplished in blue, brown, light blue, purple, and graphite pencils from a "20 Second Bridge." Each page is hand signed in black ink by the master animator/director Friz Freleng. The 4 page storyboard set would have been used by the Depatie-Freleng Animation Department in order to map out and create the animated 20 second bumper or bridge segment. The bridge would have been used as a transition separator between animated shorts. A rare and beautiful piece of original animation artwork that is perfect for any collection!