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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Brings The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons to Kalamazoo

Posted: December 3, 2009
Source: Farrell Howe
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December 3, 2009

"Naaaah, what's up Doc?" Get Animated at the KIA
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Brings The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons to Kalamazoo

Warner Bros. Cartoons Bugs Bunny

Kalamazoo, MI - Thursday, December 3, 2009. "Be vewy, vewy qwiet...we're hunting wabbit!" That's right, its rabbit season at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and who better to host this event than the world's most famous fuzzy hopper, Bugs Bunny?

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is thrilled to bring The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons to Kalamazoo on Saturday, December 12th.

Since 1930, the "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" of Warner Bros. have delighted audiences young and old with their wit and surprising sophistication. This exhibition consists of more than 160 drawings, paintings, "cels" and related art objects used in the making of Warner's classic cartoons, from the 1930s through 1960.

Warner Bros., Inc. is the legendary Hollywood animation studio that birthed characters that will forever remain part of American folklore - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner and Yosemite Sam, among many others! Vivacious, colorful and highly enjoyable, this exhibition traces the development of all of Warner's cartoon stars and gives a step-by-step breakdown of how these animated films were made.

The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons runs December 12th - February 21, 2010. Admission is free, so unless you have had an unfortunate encounter with an Acme anvil, missing this family-friendly exhibition would simply be, well, "dethpicable!"

"Abida, abida, abida, tha' that's not all folks!" The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is hosting several Warner Bros. themed events, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet Bugs, Sylvester and Tweety in the fur, or feathers:

  • Tuesday, December 8 (12:15 - 1 p.m.) ARTbreak: Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens (part 1) - Through the work of animation genius Chuck Jones, this revealing documentary explores the artistic possibilities and creative demands of animation itself. Along with Jones' observations, commentators include Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Spielberg, and Leonard Maltin. Even if you think cartoons are for kids, you will never look at them the same way after this!

ARTbreak is a free, weekly series of talks and programs about art, artists and exhibitions. Bring your lunch-- coffee and cookies provided. Sponsored by The Fountains at Bronson Place.

  • Saturday, December 12 (1-4 p.m.) Family Funday - Beep! Beep! Join us at the opening event for The Art of Warner Brothers Cartoons! Learn how to animate drawings with fun hands-on activities. Introduce your kids to classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and more as you look at original "cels" and drawings. Watch classic cartoons on the big screen in the KIA Auditorium with Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, and of course, Bugs Bunny! Admission is free. Sponsored by Target.
  • Wednesday, January 20 (2 - 4 p.m.) Book Discussion: Chuck Amuck - Reminisce about your favorite Warner Bros. cartoon characters while discussing Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist. This engaging and funny memoir by Chuck Jones, creator of Wile E Coyote, Pepe Le Pew and many others, is a fun glimpse at the golden age of cartoons. Copies are available in the KIA Library. Call the Library at (269) 349-7775 ext. 3165 or email to register.
  • Tuesday, February 9 (12:15 - 1 p.m.) ARTbreak: Tex Avery: The King of Cartoons - From surreal sight gags to hilarious sound effects, writer/director Fred "Tex" Avery (1908-1980) invented much of the language of the modern animated cartoon (and is the "father" of such timeless characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Droopy. Join former KIA Marketing Director Paul A. Stermer for this lively, laugh-a-minute tribute to a forgotten pioneer from the Golden Age of Animation.

So, be sure to make that left turn at Albuquerque; watch out for that befuddled Elmer Fudd; dodge that devious duck Daffy and fluffy-tail it to the KIA on South and Park! Bring your friends and family, and get animated with the Looney Tunes gang!

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.