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Warner Brothers Animation Art

Founded in 1933 as Leon Schlesinger Productions, Warner Brothers first produced the shows, “Merrie Melodies” and “Looney Toons,” with the help of former Disney artists Rudolf Ising and Hugh Harman. After Ising and Harman left for MGM, Warner Brothers hired artists who’d create some of history’s most well-known cartoon characters, like Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Foghorn Leghorn.

From these creations, decades of television shows and feature films were produced, with “The Bugs Bunny Show” becoming the longest-running Saturday morning children’s series in history. Although “Looney Tunes” shows ended in the mid-1960s, interest in the characters continued, prompting the production of more Looney Tunes-based films across the rest of the 20th century.

Known as one of the most successful U.S. animation studios, Warner Brothers created dozens of beloved characters across film and merchandising venues that are still popular today. Today, the company exists as Warner Brothers Animation, a division of Warner Brothers, and original animation cels from company artists tend to be highly sought-after by collectors.


Quick Facts

  • In 1992, Congress inducted the seven-minute short film “What’s Opera, Doc?” into the National Film Registry. It is considered a film classic
  • Chuck Jones, one of Warner Brothers’ most renowned artists and directors, created many of the company’s classic characters, including Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Road Runner, and Toro the Bull
  • A production cel of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd from the film short “What’s Opera, Doc?” gathered $26,680 on an April 2015 Heritage Auctions sale

Recommended Items at Auction

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Chuck Jones (1912-2002) "Bugs And Daffy: Curtain Call" Limited Edition Sericel
Dec 09, 7:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones (1912-2002) "Bugs And Daffy: Curtain Call" Limited Edition Sericel
by BK Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$102 Bids
Chuck Jones (1912-2002) "Bugs And Daffy: In Concert" Limited Edition Sericel
Dec 10, 7:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones (1912-2002) "Bugs And Daffy: In Concert" Limited Edition Sericel
by BK Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,150
$11 Bid
Chuck Jones (1912-2002) "Bugs And Gulli-Bull" Limited Edition Sericel
Dec 11, 7:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones (1912-2002) "Bugs And Gulli-Bull" Limited Edition Sericel
by BK Auctions
Est: $600- $1,000
$11 Bid
CHUCK JONES WILE E COYOTE "FAST" 1949 LIMITED EDITION
Dec 13, 10:00 PM EST
CHUCK JONES WILE E COYOTE "FAST" 1949 LIMITED EDITION
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
LIMITED EDITION CHUCK JONES WILE E COYOTE "FURRY-OUS" 1949 PRINT
Dec 13, 10:00 PM EST
LIMITED EDITION CHUCK JONES WILE E COYOTE "FURRY-OUS" 1949 PRINT
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Fast" 1949 Limited Edition
Dec 28, 10:00 PM EST
Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Fast" 1949 Limited Edition
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
Limited Edition Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Furry-ous" 1949 Print
Dec 28, 10:00 PM EST
Limited Edition Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Furry-ous" 1949 Print
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
Warner Bros.- Sericel "Bugs Bunny at Bat for the Yankees"
Dec 11, 10:00 AM PST
Warner Bros.- Sericel "Bugs Bunny at Bat for the Yankees"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $310- $390
$1200 Bids
(DON BLUTH STUDIOS / ANIMATION) "An American Tail" hand-painted limited edition cel.
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
(DON BLUTH STUDIOS / ANIMATION) "An American Tail" hand-painted limited edition cel.
by Swann Auction Galleries
Est: $600- $900
$4500 Bids
Chuck Jones "Poetic Bugs" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Dec 11, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Poetic Bugs" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $960- $1,200
$5500 Bids
Chuck Jones "Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Dec 11, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Bugs Director: Chuck Amuck" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$6500 Bids
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James Dean "Jim Stark" Toy Monkey from Rebel Without a Cause (Warner Bros., 1955
Dec 17, 11:00 AM CST
James Dean "Jim Stark" Toy Monkey from Rebel Without a Cause (Warner Bros., 1955
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $16,000- $24,000
$10,0000 Bids
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Kevin Costner "Wyatt Earp" Coat from Wyatt Earp (Warner Bros., 1994). Original
Dec 17, 11:00 AM CST
Kevin Costner "Wyatt Earp" Coat from Wyatt Earp (Warner Bros., 1994). Original
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $1,920- $2,880
$1,2000 Bids
Warner Brother Sylvester and Tweety Art Work
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Warner Brother Sylvester and Tweety Art Work
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
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George Clooney "Batman" Anatomical Batsuit Cowl from Batman & Robin (Warner Bros
Dec 17, 11:00 AM CST
George Clooney "Batman" Anatomical Batsuit Cowl from Batman & Robin (Warner Bros
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $16,000- $24,000
$10,0000 Bids
Chuck Jones "Trick Or Treat" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Dec 13, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Trick Or Treat" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,250
$5500 Bids

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