Jerry and Jumbo (1953)
original production animation background layout drawing
red and black pencil on untrimmed 10.5" x 54" animation sheet, image size: 9" x 39"
This original animation background layout drawing of the town where Tom and Jerry live was created by an M-G-M Studio artist in development of scene 1 in the animated Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. This opening scene depicts the town and railroad tracks along which rolls the circus train. A baby circus elephant literally rolls out of the railroad car and into Tom's bed, then drinks his milk. Jumbo and Jerry team up and the chase is on as Jumbo is painted to resemble an overgrown Jerry. The artist wrote "Sc 1 Prod #256" in the top margin; the handwritten note at upper right is addressed to set designer Robert Gentle and refers to Lawrence (Art) Goble, head of inking and painting for the M-G-M animation department from 1937 to 1957, and later for the Hanna-Barbera Studio. Due to the width of this original it is shown in five details and two complete images in the pictures below.