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Dilbert Animation Cel

This is a single animation cel from the Dilbert animated series presented by the UPN Network. A total of 30 episodes were produced during the 2 seasons airing between January 25, 1999 and June 13, 2000. This particular cel is hand-painted and is 11 x 14 inches in size. Most animated series are now produced in a completely digital medium. Dilbert was one of the last hand-painted animated series produced. The cel is located approximately 48 seconds into episode 29, titled "Pregnancy", which features Dilbert becoming pregnant from a mix of genetic material retrieved by his model rocket. The original airing of the episode was on June 6, 2000.
(Source image 3507 x 2550 pixels)

The cel is clear and is painted on the rear side. If you look very carefully, you will see the alignment holes along the bottom. This particular cel contains only the foreground. A separate cel is painted to supply the background. Once the two (or more) cels are placed on top of each other, the finished frame is created. Thousands of the frames are created to make a single episode.

Here is what the cel looked like in the finished cartoon:
(Source image 320 x 200 pixels)