In the early 1990s, a corporate bond broker named Bob Cudequest bought a one-sheet movie poster for a 1947 Goofy short subject in an animation gallery. That purchase began his passionate love affair with animation posters.
Over the next decade, he purchased some 1,500 posters of various sizes, banners, lobby cards, photographs and press books from animated movies and shorts produced from the 1910s to the present. In 2002 he donated the collection to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library.
The collection, says graphic arts librarian Anne Coco, "is an embarrassment of riches. There are, like, 60 Donald Duck posters alone. There are 40 Tom and Jerry posters. I haven't fully cataloged the entire collection."
The exhibition "Toon In: Animated Movie Posters From the Cudequest Family Collection," on display in the Grand Lobby and Fourth Floor galleries at the academy, features about 130 examples from the collection.