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Animation is Art at the DIA

09/10/2013 14:13 ● By Rick McGarry
Watch Me Move is the most extensive animation show ever mounted, featuring both iconic moments and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see an incredible array of animation techniques in more than 100 animated film segments from across generations and cultures. The exhibition will include classic works alongside lesser-known pieces that help demonstrate the full intellectual and emotive power of animation.

 The exhibition includes animation�s great inventors, innovators and artists, from Georges Méliès and Chuck Jones to William Kentridge and Tim Burton, as well work from animation studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar. The exhibition also includes cult figures of animation, who broke boundaries in the field. 

�"Artists have been experimenting with ways to create the illusion of movement throughout history",� said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. �"Animation as an art form offers limitless opportunities for creativity, and this exhibition illustrates how artists use the medium not just to entertain, but also to explore cultural issues and elements of the human condition.�"

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show will be on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts October 6, 2013� through Jan. 5, 2014 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6-�17, $15 for groups of 15+, and include a pass to one exhibition-related program at the Detroit Film Theatre. Tickets for those who see the exhibition by Nov. 17 are $14 for adults and $8 for ages 6 �- 17. 

The Detroit Film Theatre is presenting a variety of animated films in conjunction with Watch Me Move. Compilations of short films in 10 categories cover the milestones in the history of animation. Tickets are $5 per showing, and exhibition visitors receive a free ticket to one screening. Running time for each program is approximately one hour.Special programs include Pioneers of Animation, Golden Age of Hollywood Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, Avant-Garde Animation, Early Television Animation, and Computer Animation.
Family demonstrations and classes include Shadow Animation, Stop-Motion Animation and Flip Books.

Lectures include The Warner Bros. Superstars: A Looney Tunes �Top Ten� Celebration, From Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear, and Bam! Piff! Pow! Creating Superhero Art


Lotte Reiniger, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926, 35mm, black and white, silent, 65 mins. BFI National Archive

Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park, 1993. Courtesy of Universal City Studios LLC

Toy Story 3, 2010. © 2010 Disney•

Disney•Pixar, The Incredibles, 2004

Winsor McCay, Gertie the Dinosaur, 1914. Courtesy Ray Pointer, Inkwell Images, Inc

Bob Sabiston, Snack and Drink, 2000. Courtesy of Flat Black Films

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