secret that animation played a big role in the life of Walt Disney and the
company that bears his name. A visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum offers
guests the opportunity to learn about it. And usually, the process of
two-dimensional, such as hand-drawn animation, is how the
until this new exhibit at the WDFM. "Between
Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation" offers museum visitors
a bit of a look into the process.
enough, stop motion animation was one of the first things Walt Disney did on
film. Way back in his earliest days doing shorts for the Kansas City Film Ad Company,
Walt made use of some of the simple forms of the art as it existed then. Plenty
of paper cut-outs became animations using the technique of stop motion. But he
changed to the more popular form of cel animation with the Laugh-O-Gram films.
exhibit takes a look at the practice from its earliest days right up to the
latest and greatest uses in film making. For example, the display includes a
replica of the armature used in one of the best known stop-motion creations of
film, 1933's "King Kong." It was this film that has inspired many
artists to move further into animation. New mediums of stop motion such as
television got into the act.
A favorite of many stop motion fans. Art Clokey's "Gumby."
recent end of the scale, you'll see a figure used in the Laika production of
"Coraline." Recent Disney tales such as "James and The Giant Peach"
and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" join in too.
though the use of stop motion animation may not normally come to mind when
thinking of the Disney studio, it has been a part of a number of films
throughout its history. Ever hear of this one?
1962, "Symposium on Popular Songs" features Ludwig Von Drake and an amusing
stop-motion sequence. You can find it on the Disney Rarities DVD set.
about the wooden soldiers in "Babes in Toyland"? Or "Mary Poppins"? Who can
forget the song "A Spoonful of Sugar" with its clever scene in the nursery?
Great use of stop motion animation. Even the Pixar short subject, "Your Friend
The Rat" used this as part of the story telling method in bringing this animated
film to us.
giving away all of the surprises on hand in this exhibit, but there really are
some special items worth a visit to see if this form of animation is near and
dear to you. The WDFM has gathered a fine selection to show what artists have
accomplished using this technique.
really won't want to miss an upcoming special program at the Museum on
Saturday, October 20th. A quartet of folks with a world of stop motion
experience will be on hand to discuss the art. Moderator Hal Hickel will join Dennis Muren, Phil
Tippett, Tom St. Amand, and Jon Berg as they share tales of the art along with
a secret or two. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon.
Museum also will be screening "The Nightmare Before Christmas" between Friday,
October 25th through Wednesday, October 31st (excluding
the 30th when the Museum is closed).
information about "Between Frames: The
Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation," tickets to the special event and films
as well as the Walt Disney Family Museum, visit www.waltdisney.org.
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I wish Roger would stop obsessing about me and my family. Nothing worse than seeing him at the museum bothering people.
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