Forbidden Planet (MGM, 1956). Animation Art (12.5" X 30"). One of the greatest monsters in science fiction film history is, undoubtedly, the terrifying Id Monster from Forbidden Planet. A perfect example of the "less is more" school of filmmaking, the Id Monster is only seen briefly in the film, an invisible creature only revealed against the crackling discharge from an electrical fence and the explosive force of blaster fire. It is the stuff of nightmares brought to life in startling Eastmancolor on the big screen. Originally intended as a simple "B" picture, Forbidden Planet quickly grew into something much more, with a budget that ballooned to nearly $2 million in the process (part of that money was spent on creating the most expensive film prop ever made to that time, the classic Robby the Robot). One of the most exciting sequences in the film is the attack of the Id Monster, a rampaging beast that exists only to kill. Bringing the creature to life was the task assigned to animator Josh Meador and his team, on loan from Disney Studios. Previously, Meador had worked on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi. In conceiving the Monster from the Id, Meador came up with a different animation technique, one that bypassed the traditional method of animating on clear sheets of celluloid. In order to create a more textured creature, Meador had each frame drawn in graphite on animator's paper, then each frame was shot using high contrast film. Meador then extracted a negative image of each frame, which was composited over the positive image. The result was a unique creation that, once seen, is not soon forgotten. Offered here is one of the key frames used in the filming of the movie, a wonderful image of the Id Monster pressing against the electrical fence in all his bestial, slavering glory. The piece, with an image area of approximately 11" X 9", has two vertical folds and several tape stains, but is, in all other respects, unmarred. An unknown hand has written "The IDD [sic] from 'Forbidden Planet'" directly below the monster, and below that, the art is signed by Bob Trochim, a Disney Studios animator. This historical artifact is a rare find from a classic film, one that any Forbidden Planet fan will be proud to own. Very Fine.

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