Remember these guys?
Animator Darrell Van Citters, who put together the must-have Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol book, has been spending the last few years tracking down the rarest of the rare production artwork, model sheets, publicity materials and animation drawings for a new hard-cover homage to Jay Ward Productions.
The Art of Jay Ward Productions will be 352 pages, with over 975 illustrations and photos in color. It’s a knockout in its 12 x 9 inch format; the limited edition self-published book will make its debut at CTN-X in Burbank, on Nov. 15, 2013. Written by Van Citters, with a foreword by June Foray, the book is organized both chronologically and by show (each series comes as it was broadcast) – with one early chapter about the key artists and the last chapter about many unsold series – and lots of never-before-seen art.
There’s chapters about Rocky and Bullwinkle (the longest one), as well as Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody and Sherman, Aesop & Son, Dudley Do-right, Fractured Flickers/The Nut House, Hoppity Hooper, Commercials (both General Mills and Quaker Oats), George of the Jungle, Super Chicken, Tom Slick and Unsold Series.
The list price is $49.95. I’ll have an update in October with details on how to order via mail or online. In the meantime, here’s the cover…