The Art of Warner Brothers
- Dates: June 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019
- Recurrence: Recurring daily
- Times: Regular museum hours; Tuesday through Sunday
- Admission: Free to members; included with museum admission
- Location: George Eastman Museum
- Address: 900 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607-2298
- Web Site: https://www.eastman.org/art-warner-bros-cartoons
For more than eighty years, Warner Bros. animation has been bringing joy to all ages. The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series in particular gave rise to some of the most iconic animated characters—Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and more.
Animation is a complex process: from concept to sketching, drawing, and coloring, all before filming even begins. Yet, most audiences only ever see the finished product.
This exhibition focuses on the art behind the process. Sketches, models, paintings, and animation cels tell the behind-the-scenes story of the work that went into creating the famous films from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Artists such as Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Friz Freleng brought their characters to life with an antic, irreverent, street-smart humor. Their style reflected the studio they came from at the time and endured to become one of the most revered and respected brands of animation.
No matter how you first experienced these classic animations—in the theater, at home on 8mm film, on television, or even online—this fascinating exhibition will delight with the laughs and lunacy of Warner Bros. cartoons.