Virgil Ross

Art

Virgil Ross

Art

Nationality: American

Birth Place: Watertown, NY

Biography:
Virgil Ross began his animation career with the Winkler Studios in the late 1920s, then went on to Ub Iwerks, where he rose from the rank of in-betweener to animator and worked with Tex Avery. In 1935, Ross and Avery left Ub Iwerks and joined Warner Bros. where they created the first Bugs Bunny animated short, “A Wild Hare” in 1940, which brought Bugs his first Oscar nomination. In 1942, after stints with other Warner Bros. directors such as Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett, Ross began a long career with Friz Freleng’s unit, where he animated over 230 cartoons, many of which were nominated for Oscars. Four Ross-animated cartoons won Oscars: “Tweety Pie” (1947), “Speedy Gonzales” (1955), “Birds Anonymous” (1957), and “Knighty Knight Bugs” (1958). “Knighty Knight Bugs” was Bugs Bunny’s only Oscar-winning performance. Known for bringing personality into the characters he animated, Ross’ style is said to be one of the finest examples of personality animation in the world. Ross, who died in 1996, had said his favorite animation effort was “Rhapsody Rabbit,” in which he played some of the cartoon’s classical music and honky-tonk tunes


 

Virgil Ross Original Art Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
Virgil Ross Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck (as Bugs Bunny) Illustration Original Art (Warner Brothers, c. 1990s)
Virgil Ross Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck (as Bugs Bunny) Illustration Original Art (Warner Brothers, c. 1990s)....
Lot 13148
Auction 121703
Sunday, January 15, 2017
$776.75
Virgil Ross Marvin the Martian Drawing Original Art (Warner Bros., undated)
Virgil Ross Marvin the Martian Drawing Original Art (Warner Bros., undated)....
Lot 92300
Auction 7021
Saturday, May 22, 2010
$717.00
Virgil Ross Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny Drawing Original Art (Warner Brothers, undated)
Virgil Ross Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny Drawing Original Art (Warner Brothers, undated)....
Lot 97612
Auction 7122
Monday, December 14, 2015
$657.25
Virgil Ross Roman Legion-Hare Inspired Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam Illustration (Warner Brothers, undated)
Virgil Ross Roman Legion-Hare Inspired Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam Illustration (Warner Brothers, undated)....
Lot 11153
Auction 121649
Sunday, December 4, 2016
$597.50
Virgil Ross Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Drawing Original Art (Warner Bros., undated)
Virgil Ross Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Drawing Original Art (Warner Bros., undated)....
Lot 93625
Auction 7027
Friday, November 19, 2010
$597.50

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