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Termite Terrace
Limited Edition of only 500                 Produced in November, 1997

Framed Size 42" x 20"


Look closely at this frame.  Warner Brothers paid a lot of attention to detail by adding termite bites to the framing all around the print.  It definitely adds a degree of authenticity to the term "Termite Terrace," and makes this piece, frame and print , truly unique.

Once upon a time, there was a place where both magic and history were made.  A new art form was in its genesis, and Termite Terrace was its Eden.  Under the supervision of producer and larger-than-life personality Leon Schlesinger, seminal animation talents with names such as Avery, Blanc, Clampette, Freleng, Jones, Maltese and McKimson gathered to help invent the Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies' irreverent style that we've all grown to love.

In Termite Terrace, artist extraordinaire Kirk Mueller gathered together eleven of the the most loved Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters to reenact the zany antics of the original Termite Terrace: Elmer works on script revisions, while Bugs, Porky and Yosemite Sam flip through a sequence of drawings. Daffy casually animates as Sylvester and Tweety prepare inked cels for Granny to paint.  Pierre Termite "sharpens" a pencil and Wile E. Coyote lays the cels on a background and photographs the cartoon as Sniffles brings a Racing Forum to the Boss (Leon Schlesinger, silhouetted in his office window).

Artist Kirk Mueller's conception of Termite Terrace includes more modern versions of the characters (as well as Wile E. Coyote, who wasn't "born" until after Termite Terrace) in order to pay a more uniform homage to the era and all of the important players in it.  Background pointer par excellance Hector Martinez, who has collaborated with Kirk Mueller on such masterpieces of animation art as the Marvin's Pad limited edition lithograph and A Tribute to Fritz limited edition cel took Mr. Mueller's strong layout drawing and brought it to living cartoon color.  Together with the talents at the Warner Bros Studio Store Gallery Animation Art Production department, the team of Mueller and Martinez have developed a truly unique limited edition cel which captures a bit of the irreverent fun and dynamic ambiance of the birthplace of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.  Each cel is hand painted with over 35 colors, and the background was reproduced utilizing a fine art lithograph process in an edition size of 5000.  Framed Size 42" x 20" 

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