What If I Want a Drawing of Part of Marge’s Arm?

“This?  This is a Snagglepuss drawn by Hic Heisler, it is worth something.  This?  This is an arm drawn by nobody.  It is worth nothing.” – Comic Book Guy

I come across a fair number of weird Simpsons stuff on eBay but until this week I had never come across an actual production animation cel from the show.  In fact, I found the concept so ludicrous that I titled a whole post after it just last Saturday.  But this week I found two.  The sale for the first has ended, and it’s a good thing too because some yutz bought it for $128.50:

Animation Cel1

According to the eBay page (scroll way down) it’s from “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge” (though there’s lots more stuff going on in the actual scene).  There’s even a certificate circa 1992 to verify its authenticity.  Then there’s this one that’s still for sale, the current bid is a less insane but still high seeming $26.50:

Animation Cel2

As you can see, it’s a little bizarre.  Here’s the explanation from the eBay page:

I’m offering this original Animation Production Cel of Krusty the Clown from the Simpsons. It is 4th season, and from the episode Kamp Krusty. It has been placed over a photo copy of the background drawing from this scene.

That explains why this thing doesn’t quite look how the actual scene looked (in the episode there’s no tent, the fire is going, and there are kids sitting with him). 

I’m certainly no expert on eBay stuff for sale, and for all I know production cels get moved there all the time; it just strikes me as a little odd that two Krusty cels pop up on eBay so close together.  (They’re from different sellers.)  Did someone who once worked at Klasky-Csupo recently clean out their garage or something? 

3 Responses to “What If I Want a Drawing of Part of Marge’s Arm?”

  1. 11 February 2010 at 12:52 am

    I wonder if anyone on eBay will hawk an original cel of Mr Black, Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph toasting evil around the banquet table. That scene alone is worth a million bucks.

    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      11 February 2010 at 11:07 am

      I’m wondering if the whole B-plot of “Lady Bouvier’s Lover” was a joke at the expense of actual people who bought Simpsons animation cels. Both of these are kinda neat in their own way, but they’re just portions of one image. It’s not even a complete frame. Observe this certificate which I pulled from the first eBay link above:

      Animation Cel Certificate

      It’s a little small, but here’s the text (near as I can tell):


      Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson, the world’s favorite bug-eyed family, debuted in 1987 in 30-second segments on “The Tracey Ullman Show”. In 1989 the irreverent Springfield residents launched their own enormously successful, Emmy Award winning prime-time series.

      This certificate accompanies an original hand-pained cel set-up used in the production of “The Simpsons”. Each set-up represents a slight degree of movement of the characters. When individually photographed and projected in rapid succession, the images appear to move. The background is a color reproduction of an original master background. Simpsons cels bear the official Twentieth Century Fox seal of authenticity. ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS, MAN

      Please note that your purchase of the accompanying artwork entitles you to physical possession only. No right of reproduction or copyright is transferred to you by virtue of this purchase.

      The Simpsons TM & C 1992 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Exclusive distribution by Cricket Arts International.”

      They must’ve been doing serious business with collectors, animation enthusiasts and who knows who else, and the people making the show found it hilarious. Think of how many thousands of cels like these must’ve been just lying around. To the producers they were little more than garbage but fans were willing to pay good money for them. It’s not hard to see how you’d find that funny, especially when they’re paying for incomplete snippets drawn by anonymous animators.

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