Project Description

The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons

On view January 25 to May 10, 2020

Forget duck season and rabbit season, this winter is cartoon season at Berkshire Museum! Animation fans off all ages will enjoy this special exhibition featuring production artwork including drawings, paintings, and transparent celluloids (a.k.a. “cels”) used to create some of Warner Studios’ classic cartoon shorts from their 1930 debut through the early 1960s. Explore the history of the legendary Hollywood animation studio, uncover the creative process behind the scenes of each cartoon, trace the development of each iconic animated star, and learn step-by-step the techniques through which these classic toons were made.

Alongside more than 160 art objects used to make Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts you’ll find natural science specimens and historical objects from the Museum’s collection to provide real-world context to your favorite schticks, including rabbits, ducks, and coyotes, plus cast iron frying pans, dynamite, six shooters, and unique helmets.

The fun continues with a collection of classic shorts playing on loop, and hands-on animation activities and programs in the Lab 102 gallery. Before you leave, step into a memorable Warner Bros. scene or pose with a beloved character for a souvenir photo.