This consists of two exhibitions of original animation art. The first is called HOW A CARTOON IS MADE and shows step-by-step how animated cartoon films are made from start to finish. Shown and described are the story through storyboards; how cartoon characters are designed and the changes they go through in their design, coloring etc. before a final is chosen; Layout and Backgrounds, the actual animation process drawing to drawing including entire scenes of animation that visitors can flip to see the drawings "come to life"; inking and painting of the animation cels; shooting the exposure sheet which guides the cameraman, and the finished film. Final cel set-ups of cells with their corresponding backgrounds are also shown.
The second exhibition is a historic look at some of our favorite cartoons over the years. Original cartoon drawings, cels and other rare art show how, using the same steps as seen in the first introductory exhibition the great films of Hollywood were brought to life. We expect that this year being the 100th anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney, we will be doing many Disney exhibitions. Past exhibitions have been on all Disney, the Hollywood Cartoon, and special exhibitions on the 50th anniversary of PINOCCHIO, the 50th anniversary of FANTASIA, the 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of Mickey Mouse, and so on. We are preparing a 50th anniversary of Walt Disney's PETER PAN for 2003.
Of prime interest are the original drawings and cels from Hollywood productions. From the silent days of Felix the Cat to the television era with The Flintstones, the great milestones of animation are available. Here is a series of drawings from the very first Mickey Mouse cartoon, the actual first drawings ever done back in the 1920s. Other favorites such as Bugs Bunny, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Woody Woodpecker, Tom and Jerry and many others are represented by actual original artwork. The great Disney features are also here: Snow White, Fantasia, Pinocchio and other treasures in their original fascinating form. The exhibition ends with the coming of the television age. Here are the Flintstones, Peanuts, Scooby Doo
and many other favorites to delight yet another new generation of cartoon fans.
As rare and unique as these original, actual animation
artworks are, the exhibition is not limited only to artwork: There are also
artifacts, rare items in themselves that enhance the enjoyment and bring us back
to when these films and characters were new. Movie posters, rare books and
figurines from as far back as the early 1930s trace the memorabilia that was
always part of cartoons. Comic books from the past, the first Mickey Mouse
watch, children's books of the past and much more add more color and dimension
to the event.
We can also provide in this basic show various services.
First, we curate the show, selecting the pieces that will complement each other
in a coordinated exhibition of flow and quality. We take into account all
necessary aspects of space, crowd control and movement, technical concerns and
other relevant factors to enhance the experience.
The exhibition is usually held in showcases. It is possible
to mount the exhibition on walls as well, depending on facilities available and
security considerations. The length of time for the exhibition to be open to the
public has ranged from 10 days to two months. Each contract has an extension
clause for the museum to exercise if it so desires.