Friday, December 22, 2000
Artists and scientists were playing with the idea of moving images and the phenomenon of persistence of vision as early as 1826, when an optical toy called the thaumatrope was designed. The simple cardboard disc had strings attached on either end. When twirled rapidly, drawings and photographs were given the illusion of movement.
"The Animation Station" will feature examples of early interactive animation devices such as kineographs (flip books), up through a computer animation center to show how technology has advanced the art.
"The Art of Warner Bros. Animation," curated by Steve Schneider, will include more than 160 drawings, paintings, cels and related objects from classic cartoons of the 1930s through '60s, featuring Bugs Bunny and his cohorts.