Animation Art Fail On “Pawn Stars”

Watch this brief but funny video of an animation art fail on Pawn Stars: a guy who obviously hasn’t done his research is mocked for bringing in a limited edition cel of Tennessee Tuxedo signed by the executive producer. The punchline is an instant classic.

(Thanks, Ryan)


  • wever

    I could NOT make out what they said about the producer before they laughed. TALK CLEARLY! YOU’RE ON A TV SHOW WITHOUT A MIC!

    That said, maybe my opinion about their remark would be better if I did understand it. Regardless, they fail to know that most animation collectible cels are not the originals at all, because they’re hard to find, and many artists simply recreate the scenes from memory when painting these. The lines used on that cel don’t even LOOK anything like how they did in the Underdog show! Historians on any item that goes into their shop? Pfah!

    • Austin Papageorge

      “No one ever cares about the executive producer.”

      • Chris Sobieniak

        No doubt! (and this was the same guy the Jay Ward people mocked as a character on their show too)

    • Gobo

      His comment was 100% clear and distinct to me. Maybe you have to live on the East Coast to speak his language :)

    • Mitchel P. Kennedy

      There’s mics out of frame. Really expensive high quality mics that are probably picking up the sound of the street outside before the sound editor cleans it up. The guy just doesn’t speak clearly!

  • Vik

    The guy trying to sell the repro knew exactly what he had (a limited edition reproduction signed by the show’s producer) and was hoping that the Pawn Star guys did not.

    Many people don’t realize that the limited edition reproductions aren’t worth as much as the original cels, but then again, some of those repros are super-expensive.

  • Toonio

    Who is going to care for guys that does not work but gets the royalty check in the mail every month? :/

  • Al

    A lot (if not all) of Pawns Stars is faked. The joke was probably not improvised, but it’s still funny, and also educational of course.

    http://centraltendencies.com/2011/03/pawn-stars-is-fake/

    • Gerard de Souza

      Sigh….”reality TV”.

      I know there was an appraiser who lost a gig on American Antiques Roadshow for rigging an appraisal with a friend. I think it was a Civil War sword. IIRC, the appraisers are paid if their assessment gets on TV.

    • Ryoku

      About all of the Reality shows on TV are faked, particularly the ones to do with Auctions and Pawn Stores (which is 80% of them).

      The History Channel itself is a bit of an oxymoron though.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It’s sad how TV has evolved over the past decade.

      • Ryoku

        You mean “Devolved”, in one of the Frank Zappa articles on Cartoonbrew you’ll see the reason behind some of it.

    • DonaldC

      That explains why they just happen to have a guy for everything.

  • Pedro Nakama

    There are so many people out there who have what is know as a gallery cel, the ones with the fractions on them that think they are worth a lot of money. The ones worth a lot of money are the production cels or the ones actually shot by the animation camera and are in the movie. And any Disney cel starting with the Rescuers Down Under is a joke since all of that was colored digitally.

    • M.V

      I don’t think thats completely true about the Disney cels. When they did there “Art of” auctions (I think through Sothebys) Production backgrounds were paired with studios prepared cels. Those usually fetch a premium. I also think theres a collectors market for the Limited Editions sold to crew members.

      • http://somebodyelseslightbox.blogspot.com/ Dani Boy

        You’re absolutely right. Sotheby’s New York had one such auction in February 1995. The auction book prepares an ‘important notice’ wherein it is written;

        ‘The animation art offered in this sale includes original art actually used in the making of The Lion King, which was produced by The Walt Disney Company and released in 1994. Each cel set-up features either a production background or a production overlay accompanied by a non-production background. The character and effects cels were specifically created by artists in the Ink and Paint department at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.’

        An’ dat de troof.

    • rnigma

      A pet peeve with me: the sellers on eBay who claim to sell “film cells” which are not animation art, but actually film FRAMES … yes, they cut up perfectly good reels of film so they can sell individual frames.

      • TheBandSnapsBack

        Aren’t most of those actually from trailers, and not from complete prints?

      • Chris Sobieniak

        They would be from trailers since those tend to be a lot easier to pick up than full prints of the features themselves.

      • rnigma

        Still, they should know the difference between a cel and a frame.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Or to stop spelling it as “C-E-L-L”, but they’ll keep at it anyway.

  • http://www.witch-katrina.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Cels of Total TeleVision shows are extremely rare since Gamma Animation threw out most of them (same with Jay Ward shows).

    Although few are around. I remember seeing an original “Beagles” cel at San Diego Comic Con several years back. I regret not buying it since I’m pretty sure it was super cheap.

    • Gerard de Souza

      I would imagine even finding a character set-up would be incredible due to the multiple levels employed.
      Kind of like that episode of the Simpsons where comic book guy has a cel but it is the arm of Snagglepuss.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        That’s how I started! In that episode BTW, it was Bart who got a cel of Scratchy’s arm he paid for with Homer’s credit card and Comic Book Guy had a cel of Snagglepuss he showed him that was at least a full body shot of the character I think. He would only trade in the cel for a Mary Worth telephone!

  • Kristjan Birnir

    For some reason I would prefer the complete cartoons than individual cels.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I would go for animator’s roughs myself!

      • Gerard de Souza

        Atta boy! ;)

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I learn from the best!

  • top cat james

    Should have consulted with Mr. Whoopee beforehand.

  • http://www.WarnerArt.com Eric

    Since we’re on the topic of animation art, I myself have found it curious that the cels are much more valued than the actual drawings. It has always seemed to me it should be the other way round. Yes, the cels have all the pretty color, yes, the cels were photographed under camera etc. But the drawings were created ~ BY THE ANIMATOR’S HAND ~ !!! The tremendous artistic skill is evident in the production drawings. Compare a drawing to the final cel and you’ll note a dramatic transformation has occurred from where the animator began. I’m not knocking the ink and painters, they were highly skilled in their own right, but the animator’s drawings have such life that goes unseen. Give me a good production drawing or a good conceptual drawing or painting over a cel any day!

    • http://kipwblog.blogspot.com Kip W

      Me too! And don’t tell the “investors” for a while, or the price will go up.

  • http://downindeep13.blogspot.com JerRocks2day

    Oh hai Tennessee Tuxedo! XD

  • James

    Best part was the appraisers responding with a dorky laugh followed by a shot of the guy seemingly taking it to heart.

  • Turkey Volume Guessing Man

    Did anyone see the end of the show? They pretty much used the cell as a running gag and the ending was very funny.

  • Brad Constantine

    just out of curiosity, How much was the guy trying to get for his sericel? I saw the same cel online that was autographed by Don Adams..I think it was around $300 bucks on ebay…

  • Mark Sonntag

    Nobody cares about the executive producer, but they sure make more than the artists – at least these days.