Return to Tendlar

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I’m a big fan of what I call “mystery art”–stuff that’s entertaining in part because it’s confusing. This piece of original art I happen to own fits the bill. I know it’s of an alligator. And I know it’s stamped “Return to Dave Tendlar,” though I don’t know why. What production, or studio, is it from? And did Tendlar actually draw it, or did he simply wish that it be returned to him? And if the latter, why?

I feel some sort of weird remorse every time I look at it, because clearly, Dave Tendar wanted it back, badly enough to stamp it with a request to that effect in two places–and he apparently didn’t get it. And given that he’s no longer with us, it’s too late to do anything about it.

Anyhow, I’m puzzled by this piece, but I think it has quite a bit of personality, and without knowing what film it’s from, I’m going to guess that this sketch is more exuberant and pleasing than the finished film it was prepared for.

Anyone out there have any guesses or solid information on the story behind the sketch? E-mail me if you do.