September 27, 2012–April 28, 2013
The Walt Disney Family Museum is thrilled to host the special exhibition: Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation—on view from September 27, 2012 to April 28, 2013. Curated by Walt Disney Family Museum Registrar and Curatorial Assistant Anel Muller, the exhibition explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States—especially in special effects, television, and film—while examining some of the key milestones in the field. Innovators include Willis O’ Brien (King Kong), Tim Burton (Tim Burton's 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 Wars and 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 one that 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 are invited to manipulate and touch armatures at a special interactive station. A loop spotlights great moments in stop motion animation will also be running in the gallery.
Upcoming Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Events
Celebrate the closing of Between Frames with a lineup of events featuring the creators of Robot Chicken and the founders of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios! View the complete schedule below; click through for more details and tickets.
Animate Your Night: The Island of Misfit Toys
Friday, April 26 | 7–10pm | Museum-wide
Party with us after hours for a night full of misfit adventure! Join the creators of Robot Chicken and the founders of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios as they present some of their favorite clips, followed by a Q&A. Enjoy eats from Adam’s Grub Truck and Me So Hungry, then have a hair-raising sip of our signature cocktail: The Evil Doctor.
The Making of Robot Chicken
Saturday, April 27 | 2pm | The Theater
Join the crew from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the masterminds behind stop motion TV show Robot Chicken, for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this modern cult favorite.
Learn from the Masters: Animation Mischief with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Saturday, April 27 | 10am–1pm | Art Studio
Explore the magic of stop motion animation with the Emmy and Annie Award-winning animators of Robot Chicken.