Recently when I attended the CTN Expo in Burbank I was really happy to run into my friend Mark Kausler who was selling original hand-inked cels from his brilliant film "It's the Cat" .
I had sworn off collecting any more animation artwork , but seeing Mark run his wonderful film "It's the Cat" there at his table (on a portable DVD player) and with those gorgeous hand-inked cels right there on the table I was overwhelmed and just had to have one.
This frame (from the title sequence) is the cel I purchased:
The film "It's the Cat" is not currently available for purchase online, but if you purchase an original cel they will include a bonus DVD of the film.
One of these handsome cels would make a great Christmas gift for any cartoon fan. And these are likely the last of their kind since hardly anyone does hand-inked cels anymore . AND purchasing one of these unique , one-of-a-kind pieces of animation art will help fund the completion of Mark's second cat film , "There Must be Another Cat" , which is finished through rough animation, but still needs to have the inking, painting , and photography finished. Mark's producer, Greg Ford, is chipping away at the task little by little , but by purchasing a cel you'll have a hand in making sure that "There Must Be Another Cat" is completed sooner .
(and then we'll have more cels to collect in addition to another great cartoon to watch ! Yay ! See how this works ? )
I was really happy that Mark gave me a sneak preview of "There Must Be Another Cat" at the CTN Expo . He had the pencil test on a DVD and was very kind to let me see the pencil test. It's another great example of pure cartoon joy brought to life by a great animator.
What you may not know is that the pencil test from the original "It's the Cat" film is posted on Mark's website.
Check it out: