ToonSeum, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Open ‘Animation B.C. (Before Computers!)’ Exhibit

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The ToonSeum and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh are presenting a new exhibit titled “Animation B.C. (Before Computers!),” featuring a century of animation art and artifacts, including a rare production sketch of Gertie the Dinosaur (regarded as the first animated character) created circa 1914.

The exhibit, which marks the first collaboration between the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the ToonSeum, features original storyboards, background paintings, production cels and sketches from some of the most popular animated characters in film, television and commercials, providing insight into the hand-crafted artistry that brought these classic characters to life.

Artifacts on display include a desk from Disney?s Hyperion Studio that was used by ?Fantasia? director Paul Satterfield on projects including ?Bambi,? ?Fantasia,? and ?The Ugly Duckling.?

The show ?presents a learning opportunity for both the students and general public to explore the art of animation and gain a new appreciation for animation before computers,? said ToonSeum Executive Director and Exhibit Curator Joe Wos.

?Animation B.C.? runs through June 30, with an opening reception on May 13. For more on the Toonseum, go here.

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