History Center to host The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons exhibit

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Discover the secrets of how America’s favorite cartoons pioneered a new kind of animated humor Jan. 25 through March 23, 2014 as the Orange County Regional History Center hosts The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons exhibition.

Learn about the creative process that gave birth to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and their comrades, and turned these animated short films into a cultural phenomenon. See original artwork of the cartoons spanning from 1930 to 1960 in a world-class exhibition that has traveled around the world and been seen by millions.

“This collection of art and memorabilia is outstanding,” said Michael Perkins, Curator of Exhibits at the History Center. “So many of us grew up with these cartoons and for those who did, Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote will always bring a smile to our face. The exhibition brings these memories flooding back with a rich collection of animated cells interspersed with information about the artists, and of course cartoons.”

The exhibition focuses on each step of the animation process and how it contributed to the overall success of the cartoon. From camera movements and musical cues, to witty dialogue and expressive drawings, each step of the process was perfected to convey the attitudes and charm of the characters. For the first time in animated history, this beloved gang of misfits brought irreverent, street-smart humor to the screen.

“Our visitors will enjoy these wacky characters as much today as they did when they first saw them, and our younger guests will have the treat of receiving a full introduction to the gang. These iconic figures hold an important place in our social and cultural history, and we are truly excited to host this world-famous exhibition,” Perkins said.

Visitors will be able to watch exclusive clips that are no longer aired on television, see Warner Bros. artifacts from the collections of Central Florida Warner Bros. enthusiasts, and participate in family-friendly, hands-on activities that help bring the animation process to life.

The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando. Visit thehistorycenter.org for more information.


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