The Art of Warner Bros.Cartoons
March 5, 2010 to May 30, 2010
Within the last decades, the Warner Bros. cartoon studio has earned both critical and popular acclaim as the producers of the finest, funniest, and most inventive animated shorts ever made. The Hollywood studio developed and perfected the kind of antic, irreverent, street-smart humour that has characterized much of short-subject animation ever since. Along the way, the Warner shop won six Academy Awards, and created more cartoon stars than any other studio, including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, and Tweety and Sylvester.
This major touring exhibition explores the elaborate creative process that supported the making of the classic Warner cartoons, using examples of Warner Bros. production art from the 1930s through the 1960s. Featuring 165 drawings, paintings, cels and related artwork, the exhibition explores seven different themes ranging from a chronological history of the cartoon studio to the evolution of Warner’s first cartoon stars, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck; from a step-by-step breakdown of how classic cel animation was made to an indepth look at Warner’s most famous creation, Bugs Bunny.
Under the influence of the Disney studio, animation had become a children’s affair, soft and sentimental. Warner Bros. turned this on its head, making cartoons that were brash, reckless, and filled with topical references, bringing animation from never-never land into the thick of contemporary life. The Warner writers devised stories and gags of brilliant invention, while the studio’s directors executed them with masterly verve and timing. They, in turn, were supported by a cadre of gifted animators, painters, and designers. The result is a body of work that, with each new screening, seems richer and deeper, and more clearly a significant part of American culture.
Exhibition admission : WAG member $5 • Student admission card $5 • Adult $13 • Senior (60+) $11 • Student $11 • Youth (aged 6-12) $9 • Child under 6 Free • Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18) $28
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Past Programs & Events
Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 12pm to 7pm
Saturday March 13, 2010 at 2pm Sunday March 21, 2010 at 2pm Saturday March 27, 2010 at 2pm Sunday March 28, 2010 at 2pm Saturday April 10, 2010 at 2pm Sunday April 11, 2010 at 2pm Saturday April 17, 2010 at 2pm Sunday April 18, 2010 at 2pm Saturday April 24, 2010 at 2pm Sunday April 25, 2010 at 2pm Sunday May 2, 2010 at 3pm Saturday May 8, 2010 at 2pm Sunday May 9, 2010 at 2pm Saturday May 15, 2010 at 2pm Sunday May 16, 2010 at 2pm Saturday May 22, 2010 at 2pm Sunday May 23, 2010 at 2pm
Sunday, March 14, 2010 from 1:30pm to 4pm
How often do you get to come to the WAG in your pyjamas and watch cartoons!
Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 9am to 11am
Wednesday April 7, 2010 at 12:10pm
Sunday May 2, 2010 at 2pm
Wednesday May 5, 2010 at 12:10pm
Sunday May 16, 2010 at 2pm
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday
The Gallery is closed to the public on Saturday, April 25 for the Members' Preview of Olympus. Find out more here.