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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

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Signed Virgil Ross "Bugs ‘n Friends" Sketch Print
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Virgil Ross "Bugs ‘n Friends" Sketch Print
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
JURASSIC PARK (1993) - Hand-Painted Mr. DNA (Greg Burson) Animation Cel
Mar 13, 9:00 AM PDT
JURASSIC PARK (1993) - Hand-Painted Mr. DNA (Greg Burson) Animation Cel
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Chuck Jones "Bugs And Daffy: In Concert" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Mar 05, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Bugs And Daffy: In Concert" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $920- $1,150
$5001 Bid
Chuck Jones 1912-2002 Signed Animation Cel Elmer Fudd in King Arthur's Court
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones 1912-2002 Signed Animation Cel Elmer Fudd in King Arthur's Court
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,2000 Bids
Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Fast" 1949 Limited Edition
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
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
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
Limited Edition Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Furry-ous" 1949 Print
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
Chuck Jones "Acme Splatman" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Feb 27, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Acme Splatman" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $860- $1,075
$5000 Bids
Wile E. Coyote Limited Edition Sericel from Warner Bros.. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Wile E. Coyote Limited Edition Sericel from Warner Bros.. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $480- $600
$300 Bids
Chuck Jones "Hair Raising Hare" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Feb 27, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Hair Raising Hare" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,560- $1,950
$8500 Bids
Chuck Jones "Trick Or Treat" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Trick Or Treat" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,160- $1,450
$6500 Bids
Chuck Jones "Rabbit Of Seville" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Rabbit Of Seville" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,560- $1,950
$8500 Bids
DC Comics, "Trinity #1" Numbered Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas by Jason Fabok with COA.
Feb 27, 10:00 AM PST
DC Comics, "Trinity #1" Numbered Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas by Jason Fabok with COA.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $312- $390
$1300 Bids
Chuck Jones "Burnt Toast" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Chuck Jones "Burnt Toast" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $760- $950
$4500 Bids
LOONEY TUNES- Sericel "Bugs Bunny Pitching with the Yankees"
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
LOONEY TUNES- Sericel "Bugs Bunny Pitching with the Yankees"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $520- $650
$1300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Warner Brothers Animation Art


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