History Center's Warner Bros. cartoon exhibit is delightful fun

by: Krista Joy Updated:

Clever "flower" arrangement - Bugs Bunny style!

ORLANDO, Fla. - Warner Bros. fans in Orlando rejoice! Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and company take the spotlight at the Orange County Regional History Center's new exhibit, "The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons," created by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I was delighted to be invited to get an exclusive first look at the exhibit so that I could share with you what is in store.

The exhibit teaches you about the creative process that gave us Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, and their comrades, and turned these entertaining animated short films into a cultural phenomenon. Each step of the animation process is shown and you learn how it contributed to the overall success of the cartoon. From camera movements and musical cues, to witty dialogue and expressive drawings, each step of the process was perfected to convey the attitudes and charm of the characters. The show includes original artwork and clips — including some no longer seen on television — from the 1930s through the '60s. This exhibit runs now until  March 23, 2014.


If you love Bugs and the gang, you may want to mark your calender for these events as well:

Saturday Morning Cartoons
Saturday, February 1, and Saturday, March 1, 2014
Pancakes at the History Center in your pajamas! Stay in your jammies Saturday morning and come down to the museum for pancakes, screening of Looney Tunes cartoons, and a visit to the exhibition, The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons.
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Members: $5 children ages 5-12, $10 adults, $20 per family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18).
Non-members: $14 children ages 5-12, $18 adults, $36 per family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18). Children ages 4 and under free.
Call (407) 836-7010 to register.

Warner Bros. Valentine's Day Date Night
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Join the History Center to celebrate Valentine's Day! For adults only, this special evening is designed for a Valentine's Day date night. With film shorts being shown such as The Stupid Cupid, Porky's Romance, Porky's Picnic, Carrotblanca, Or Rice and Hen, the Hare Splitter, Bugs Bunny's Valentine, and A Hick, A Slick, and A Chick, couples will be able to experience an alternative idea to the typical Valentine's Day activities. With popcorn, wine, champagne, and chocolate being available, this date night will be one that goes down in history with the help of Warner Bros. Cartoons.
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for members, $15 for non-members.
Call (407) 836-7010 to register.

Home School Day: Outlaws, Mayhem, and Mischief!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Experience the legal process with a mock trial involving "looney" characters that have been up to no good! Learn about the judicial system, the workings of law enforcement, and what it takes to become a lawyer. Also, get ready for a surprise visit from Warner Bros. Cartoons' beloved characters!
Time: 10 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: Members: $6 students, $3 adults. Non-members: $10 students, $6 adults. Children under 4 are free.
Call (407) 836-8580 to register.

Exhibit Explorers: Cartoons and Cowboys
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Dive into the exciting world of Warner Bros. Cartoons and find out how the characters and stories are much like those of a real Florida Cracker! Design your own cartoon character, travel back to when cattle roamed free, and see if you have the skills to be a cowman or cowgirl!
Ages: Grades K-5, adults welcome to participate
Time: 10:30 a.m.- noon.
Cost: $10 per child, adults free. Members receive a 20% discount.
Call (407) 836-8580 to register.