BETWEEN FRAMES: THE MAGIC BEHIND STOP MOTION ANIMATION
September 27, 2012–April 28, 2013
The Walt Disney Family Museum is thrilled to announce our next special exhibition, Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation, on view from September 27, 2012 to April 28, 2013. Organized by Museum Curatorial Assistant Anel Muller, the exhibition explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States in special effects, television, and film, while examining some of the key milestones and innovators including Willis O’ Brien (King Kong), Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Art Clokey (Gumby), Ray Harryhausen (It Came From Beneath the Sea), Henry Selick (Coraline and James and the Giant Peach), Phil Tippett (Star Warsand Jurassic Park), and more.
Between Frames tells the story of a 100-year-old art form that has been used in special effects, television, and film, and launched Walt Disney’s career in animation. The exhibition includes behind-the-scenes photographs from films such as The Lost World (1925) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), replicas of the original armatures from King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949), along with a Digital Input Device (DID) created just for Jurassic Park (1993). Puppets from the Robot Chicken (2005) opening sequence and a puppet mold from Gumby, as well as original armatures from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Coraline (2009), and original storyboards from James and the Giant Peach (1996) will also be on view. Visitors will be invited to manipulate and touch armatures at a special interactive station. A film loop of great moments in stop motion animation will also be running in the gallery.