THE ART OF WARNER BROS. CARTOONS
September 29, 2021 through January 2, 2022
For more than 80 years, Warner Bros. animation has been bringing joy to all ages. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies in particular gave us some of the most iconic animated characters of all time—Bugs Bunny, Tweety Pie, the Tasmanian Devil, Daffy Duck, and more. Of course, known to all New Mexicans, they brought us the Roadrunner and Coyote and introduced the landscape of the southwest to millions of people. And who can forget the many times one of these characters “should’ve made a left at Albuquerque.”
From toddlers to teens, to parents, and grandparents, Warner Bros. cartoons appeal to all generations. Even through the lens of stereotypes common during the early days of film, their artistry and humor fascinates.
Traditional hand-drawn animation is a complex and time-consuming process. Each character is conceptualized, sketched, drawn, and hand-colored--all before filming even begins. Yet, we usually only ever see the finished product. In The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, visitors can get a rare glimpse of sketches, model sheets, paintings, and animation cels that went into creating these famous films from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
The exhibition includes opportunities to see the actual cartoons in the galleries and at special times on the Verus Dynatheater’s five-story screen. We hope all families will take a welcome break during their busy holidays, set aside their post-pandemic worries, and laugh together as they experience The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons.
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