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    Forbidden Planet (MGM, 1956). Animation Art (12.5" X 30"). One of the most impressive and influential science fiction movies ever filmed, Forbidden Planet is, by any measure, a landmark picture. With an outstanding cast, an intelligent script - based, in part, on William Shakespeare's The Tempest - and exceptional special effects, the movie can be enjoyed on a variety of levels, and has remained a favorite for more than half a century. One of the most memorable sequences in the movie is the attack of the Id Monster, a sequence brought to life by Disney animator Joshua Meador and his team. In an innovative departure from traditional cell animation, Meador decided to render all the individual frames in graphite on animator's paper, then shot those drawings with high contrast film, and finally composited a negative image over the positive image to provide an eerie, glowing effect to the invisible creature made visible by the discharge of the electrical fence and the crew's blaster fire. Offered here is one of these hand-drawn animation frames, showing the Id Monster destroying a hapless crewman, with a portion of the electrical fence visible as well. At the bottom of the image, the piece is signed by Bob Trochim, a Disney animator who signed on with the company in 1955, and who would become a protege of Walt Disney himself. There is some chipping and tearing to the border of the piece, and the bottom right corner is missing. Additionally, there is a piece missing from the left border. None of these defects affect the 11" X 13" image area, however, which is as clean as the day it was shot. This is an important part of science fiction film history, one that may never again be made available to the collecting public. Fine.

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