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Archive of 1,300+ puppets and set pieces from Emilio and His Magical Bull

Currency:USD Category:Memorabilia Start Price:60,000.00 USD Estimated At:60,000.00 - 80,000.00 USD
Archive of 1,300+ puppets and set pieces from Emilio and His Magical Bull
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Archive of 1,300+ puppets and set pieces from Emilio and His Magical Bull. (Nassour Studios, 1975) This incredible archive constitutes very nearly the entire production-made run of 1,300+ heads, puppets and set pieces from the classic replacement animation film Emilio and His Magical Bull. The script was originally titled Ring Around Saturn and was purchased by Edward Nassour from Orson Welles. After The Brave One (1956) won the Oscar for Best Screenplay, Nassour sued its producers, the King Brothers, over plagiarism. It seems the script for The Brave One bore an uncanny resemblance to that for Ring Around Saturn. The King Brothers settled the dispute by paying out to Nassour the sum of $750,000 in an out-of-court settlement. It turned out that blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo had written the script for The Brave One using the pseudonym of Robert Rich. Following Edward’s death in 1962, his brother William released it in a re-edited version called Emilio and His Magical Bull. This magnificent collection includes 800+ plaster heads sculpted in specific expressions for all the characters of the film. The heads are sculpted in two sizes; the hero large 2 ½ - 3 in. tall heads for the complex speaking sequences, and the small 1 in. tall heads for the movement sequences. The character heads include: Emilio (164 large, 82 small), Father (61 large), Mother (43 large, 59 small), Sister (57 large, 69 small), Miguel (54 large), the Gypsy (70 large), the Matador (116 large) and the Bull (15 large, some with damaged horns), as well as a hero Bull body measuring 16 in. long and 11 in. tall. In addition, the hero dinosaur puppet and 30+ heads (some unpainted) in a variety of poses, from Emilio’s dream sequence of being chased by the T-Rex through the desert and exciting fight between his bull and the dinosaur in the arena (Spoiler: the bull wins!). Also included are 500+ extra hands, arms, torsos and bodies of townspeople, the cart the Bull was taken away in (one small, one large), the practice bull used by the Matador measuring 12 in. long and 9 in. tall, small set pieces such as wooden tables set with wares, chairs, a faux-stone well, a hearth, numerous sombreros, one of the prehistoric birds from the dream sequence and many other background characters for the opening scene at the church, the bullfighting arena and many more. Each character and set piece is intricately hand-painted and minutely detailed, the heads are grouped by expressions on wooden bucks, handwritten: “eyes half-closed”, “smiles”, “raised eyebrow”, etc. The bodies and torsos are represented by a wide range of poses. A DVD copy of this rare film is included. A fascinating glimpse into the sheer volume of pieces and resources required to film this 47 minute feature. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire this incredible archive from the golden age of replacement animation.

Condition Reports: If you wish to obtain additional information on a particular lot, or cannot appear at the viewing, Profiles may provide, upon request, a condition report. We remind prospective buyers that descriptions of property are not warranted and that each lot is sold “as is” in accordance with the terms of the limited warranty. Condition reports, as other descriptions of property, are not warranted; they are only provided as a service to interested clients.