Movie posters from animated films going back more than 90 years will be on display at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles beginning Friday, May 13. A total of 130 posters and lobby cards will illustrate the evolution of the animated film from silent novelty to blockbuster phenomenon. As with all Academy exhibitions, “Toon In: Animated Movie Posters from the Cudequest Family Collection” will be free and open to the public.
The Fourth Floor Gallery installation will focus on animation from the first half of the 20th century, showcasing stone lithographs from the silent era, as well as posters from the 1930s and 1940s. Highlights include one-sheets for early shorts featuring Mutt and Jeff, Felix the Cat, Oswald the Rabbit and Mickey Mouse, as well as Walt Disney’s early Alice comedies, which blended animation and live-action.
Posters from the 1950s to the present will be featured in the Grand Lobby Gallery. These will include Yellow Submarine, Allegro Non Troppo, and Ghost in the Shell, as well as recent Oscar winners Shrek, Finding Nemo, Spirited Away and The Incredibles.
Bob Cudequest began collecting toon posters in the 1990s, acquiring approximately 1,500 one-sheets, three-sheets, six-sheets, banners, lobby cards, photographs and press books in the past ten years. The collection was donated to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library in December of 2002.
"Toon In" will continue at the Academy through August 21. Academy Gallery viewing hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call 310-247-3600, or visit www.oscars.org/events.