MEDIUM: Original Production Cel
PRODUCTION: TV Commercial, 1970's
IMAGE SIZE: 12 Field
SIGNED: The Production Cel is Hand-Signed by Preston Blair
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Hats off to Jiminy being his jovial self in this fun scene! This Original Production Cel is hand-signed by Animator Preston Blair and is paired with a matching production drawing! Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Original Production Cels and Drawings are one-of-a-kind pieces of art that were used in the creation of an animated film or television show. Each has been hand-drawn and/or painted by studio artists!
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Preston Erwin Blair (October 24, 1908 – April 19, 1995) was an American character animator, best remembered for his work at Walt Disney Productions and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio.
A native of Redlands, California, Blair began his animation career in the early 1930s at the Universal studio under Walter Lantz and Bill Nolan. He later moved over to Charles Mintz's Screen Gems studio, and in the late 1930s moved over to the Disney studio. At Disney, Blair animated cartoon short subjects, Mickey Mouse scenes in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" section of Fantasia (1940), and the hippo-alligator dance in Fantasia's "Dance of the Hours" sequence. He also did some work on Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940) and Bambi (1942).
Blair left Disney after the 1941 Disney Animator's Strike, and was hired to work for Tex Avery's unit at MGM.
Blair continued his career in animation into the 1960s, working on The Flintstones at Hanna-Barbera. He is better known, however, as an author of animation instructional books for Walter Foster Publishing. His first book, Animation, was published in 1948 and originally included images of the MGM & Disney cartoon characters he had animated, who were redrawn to obscure their origins in the second edition of the book. Blair would write many more animation how-to texts over the next forty years, culminating with Cartoon Animation (1994), a 224-page book which compiles most of the content from his previous books. A new edition of Cartoon Animation will be published in 2020 by Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group.
Preston Blair was the brother of artist Lee Everett Blair and the brother-in-law of artist and designer Mary Blair. He died on April 19, 1995.