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    Forbidden Planet (MGM, 1956). Animation Art (12.5" X 30"). Ask a film fan for a list of the truly intelligent, well-made science fiction films of the 1950s, and you'll most likely get a fairly short list. Topping that list, however, will probably be MGM's classic, Forbidden Planet. Based, at least in part, on William Shakespeare's 1610 play, The Tempest, Forbidden Planet tells the story of a rescue mission sent to the planet Altair IV to find any trace of the missing Bellerophon expedition. What they find is Dr. Edward Morbius and his now-grown daughter Altaira, along with a terrifying invisible monster that seems set on destroying the rescue crew just as it did the Bellerophon party. To bring the invisible Monster from the Id to life, MGM made a deal with Disney studios to borrow one of their chief animators, Joshua Meador, and a crew of artists, marking the very first occasion that Disney had loaned their talent to another studio. Meador and his team developed a radical new method of animation to create the Id Monster, seen only against the discharge from an electrical fence and the crew's blaster fire. Rather than rely on traditional cell animation, in which each frame is painted on a clear acetate sheet, Meador had each frame drawn in graphite on animator's paper. Then, each of these frames was shot using high contrast film, from which a negative image was extracted and composited over the positive image. The result was a weird, roiling creature, the perfect representation of all man's basest desires. Offered here is one of the original animation drawings used in the filming of the movie, a stunning portrait of the Id Monster. The paper itself shows some tears and creasing along the edges, and the bottom right corner has been torn away, but none of these defects impinges on the 11" X 8" image area. Additionally, the piece has been signed by animator Bob Trochim directly below the creature. This is an important artifact from a major film, one that will certainly enhance any advanced science fiction collection. Very Fine.

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