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‘Coonskin’ (1975) Ralph Bakshi Original Animation Cel - ‘Preacher Fox’

$120.00

ORIGINAL CEL!!! NO ONE you know has this. A truly ONE OF A KIND piece of art, culture, and history!! Preacher Fox from Coonskin.
Original production animation cel painting. Gouache on untrimmed animation cel sheet. 12.5" x 10.5". Nice, large image. Nearly full figure. Image size: 7" x 5". Excellent pose and expression. Voiced by Charles Gordone.

This original hand-painted animation cel of ‘Preacher Fox’ was created in the Bakshi Studio ink-and-paint department and photographed during the making of the animated feature. Studio designation "P 21 F139" is written along the bottom to indicate this cel's place in the film.

‘Coonskin’ is a 1975 American live action/animated crime film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi, about an African American rabbit, fox, and bear who rise to the top of the organized crime racket in Harlem, encountering corrupt law enforcement, con artists, and the Mafia. The film, which combines live-action with animation, stars Philip Thomas, Charles Gordone, Barry White, and Scatman Crothers, all of whom appear in both live-action and animated sequences.

Originally produced under the titles ‘Harlem Nights’ and ‘Coonskin No More...’, ‘Coonskin’ encountered controversy before its original theatrical release when the Congress of Racial Equality criticized the content as being racist. When the film was released, Bryanston gave it limited distribution and it initially received mixed reviews. Later re-released under the titles ‘Bustin' Out’ and ‘Street Fight’, ‘Coonskin’ has since been reappraised. A New York Times review said, "Coonskin could be Ralph Bakshi's masterpiece." Bakshi has stated that he considers Coonskin to be his best film.