Garfield in Paradise Production Cel Hits Auction Today

The enduring pop culture icon Garfield started out as a comic strip by Jim Davis. The lasagna-loving, deadpan orange cat, later become even more widely known when the comic was adapted into a long-running animated series. Fans of Garfield have been able to find tons of amazing behind-the-scenes memorabilia from the making of the animated series on Heritage Auctions through the Jim Davis Collection, which Heritage hosts. Today, Heritage is featuring a unique animated cel from the Garfield in Paradise special that pictures the iconic cartoon cat with Mai-Tai, his love interest in this special.

Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing. Credit: Heritage Auctions
Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing. Credit: Heritage Auctions
Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing. Credit: Heritage Auctions
Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing. Credit: Heritage Auctions
Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing. Credit: Heritage Auctions
Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing. Credit: Heritage Auctions

Garfield in Paradise Garfield and Mai-Tai Production Cel Setup with Animation Drawing (Film Roman, 1986).

Garfield has an alluring companion in this scene from the climax of the Emmy-nominated special Garfield in Paradise. The image of the two cats can be found at about the 19:30 mark of this special. This image comes from the action-packed climax of this special, as Jon, his two pets, and a group of islanders try to figure out how to appease an angry volcano before it destroys them all! These two original hand-painted 12 field production cels are marked in their lower right corners with G-1 and L-1. Also included with this group is an original animation drawing that was used to create the cel of the two cats. The drawing is created with graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper, and it contains a color model used to tell Ink and Paint what colors should go where on the cel. What a dramatic piece! This setup and drawing are in Very Good condition, with some handling and edge wear.

Garfield fans can now get this listing from the Jim Davis Collection right now on Heritage Auctions. Best of luck to everyone aiming to bring home this original production cel.

Heritage Sponsored

Enjoyed this? Please share on social media!

About Theo Dwyer

Theo Dwyer writes about comics, film, and games.
Comments will load 8 seconds after page. Click here to load them now.