Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

A blog dedicated to the making of the first animated Christmas special, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Art of Jay Ward Productions

Here's a peek at my forthcoming book, The Art of Jay Ward Productions.  The book came in at 352 pages, 980 images, 12 x 9", hardcover with dust jacket, and will make its debut at CTN-X, November 15, 2013 in Burbank, beginning with a Q & A with two of the surviving artists, followed by a book signing.  Retail price is $49.95.

The book is arranged chronologically and each show has its own chapter.  It starts with a brief, early history of the Ward studio, a chapter profiling all the key artists and then the individual shows take over the book: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairy Tales, Peabody and Sherman, Aesop & Son, Dudley Do-right, Fractured Flickers/The Nut House, Hoppity Hooper, Commercials (including both General Mills and Quaker Oats), George of the Jungle, Super Chicken and Tom Slick.  The final chapter profiles many of the unsold series that Jay Ward Productions developed and pitched.

Within each chapter, there are myriad, never-before-seen concept sketches, model sheets, storyboards, backgrounds and even a few cels.  I'll be taking pre-orders in October and will announce it here and on other animation blogs, like Animation Scoop and Cartoon Brew.  Stay tuned to this blog for more updates.


Joe R. Frinzi said...

Looks like another winner, Darrell! Good luck and I'll definitely be ordering.

Gav H said...

Will it have a UK release?

Doug Gray said...

Wow, that looks fantastic, Darrell. Congrats! Can't wait to get a copy of this!

robert alvarez said...

This looks great. I want two copies as soon as they are available. Thank you again fro making these two great books.

Darrell said...


At this point, there are no plans for foreign distribution but it will be available from several art book sources as well as my website (once it's set up).


Anonymous said...

Another great book from a talented artist/writer. Can't wait to see it. my Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol book needs a friend. What's next Darrell??.

Darrell said...

It may be quite a while. This one was exhausting.

Brian Sibley said...

Looking good, Darrell! Well done!

Ron Stark said...

Fantastic! You know, we have some original artwork in our upcoming auction from the R&B Show. Very unusual.
Congrats on the book, D.