Cartoon Network’s highly interactive “Animation” exhibit had its official debut on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Attendees on hand for the opening included a VIP crowd of local officials, educators, media and their children.
The 6,000-square-foot exhibit filled with fave characters from Cartoon Network shows combines art, science, math and technology as it introduces visitors to the world of toons. “Animation” includes six hands-on thematic areas that explore history, the illusion of movement, technology, sound design and classic clips and mementos from the animated world.
Visitors have the opportunity to dive right in to the medium as they create storyboards, enlarge drawings with a pantograph, experiment with squash and stretch and view digital slide shows of Cartoon Network animators at work.
"A common misconception about making cartoons is it primarily requires people who draw freehand," notes Dennis Adamovich, SVP marketing for Cartoon Network, "What this exhibit will reveal in full interactive detail is the number of different skills involved in creating animation. OMSI’s unique exhibit will offer entire families a more complete understanding of it, and hopefully inspire young people to consider animation as a future career."
Comcast Cable and Boening Aircraft are among the key sponsors of the exhibit, which will run at OMSI through April 2006 before beginning a ten-year tour of major science centers in the U.S., Canada and sections of Europe.
For more information visit www.omsi.edu/visit/featured/animationsite/.