Yvonne Hellin-Hobbs, curator of the exhibition said, “We hope the ANIMATE! exhibition will illustrate and illuminate the background of the animation art form for a whole new generation of fans. It will also awaken memories in an older generation by bringing some all- time favourite characters to life again at Dorset County Museum.”
The artefacts range from Victorian Flick books, zoetropes, shadow theatres, puppets and early animation machines to posters, catalogues and publicity material, original Disney and Hungarian film cells, concept sketches, sheet music and merchandising toys.
Visitors can follow the development of animation through time and see how the technology has developed to the present day, highlighting the work of ground-breaking animators along the way. There will also be a computerised animation package available within the exhibition space for youngsters to make their own, simple animated films.
A screening area will show examples of animated films from the simplicity of early work to the complex 3D animation that we are now so familiar with. It will illustrate how animation has and can be used in commercial
and political forms, such as advertising and propaganda, charting the development of animation during war and peacetime, prosperity and depression. Find out how technology itself has had an influence, with the coming of Television, 3D and games.
A series of events and talks at the museum will complement the exhibition – full details are available on the Museum website, facebook or on the ANIMATE! flyer available from the Museum or local TICs. Look out for a series of workshops to show just how it’s done from modelling a ‘Shaun the Sheep’ to creating 2D animated films. The exhibition opens at Dorset County Museum on Saturday 13th July and runs until 19th October.
For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
Dorset County Museum is grateful to the main sponsor, Pardoes Solicitors and to the other generous supporters who have enabled this exhibition to take place:
- The Mansel-Pleydell & Cecil Trust