In Animation’s stimulating and fun environment, visitors explore animation from concept to finished product — from storyboarding, character design, and drawing techniques to movement, timing, filming, and sound. Larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit, which also explores the history of animation and features a screening room and a cartoon museum.
The six thematic areas in the exhibit include: History – Visitors learn about early animation and apparent motion. Animation Studio – Visitors explore the process of animation, story creation, animator techniques and tools. Art in Motion – With help from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, visitors discover why art and math are important allies when creating characters, motion, and change. Science Laboratory – In Dexter’s Laboratory, visitors can delve into the science and technology that make animation possible. Sound and Stage – Visitors can discover the principles of sound and phonetics with characters from Chowder, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Kids Next Door. Cartoon Museum – Visitors will take a seat in this intimate theater setting and view clips of popular animations while learning the secrets behind their production.