Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation

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 viewVisitors 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.


Past Related Programming

Friday-Sunday, January 25–27 | 11am, 1 & 3pm
Hear expert highlights of our special exhibition Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation
Saturday, January 26 | 10am–2pm
Participants will learn the process of building a professional quality stop motion puppet armature, which will be ready for articulation for use in animation by the end of the class.
Films of the Month through February:
James and the Giant Peach  |  February 1–7 (except February 5) | 1:30pm
Coraline  |  February 8-15 (except February 12) | 1:30pm
ParaNorman  |  February 17-28 (except February 19 & 26) | 1:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, February 2-3 & 9-10 | 1–3pm
Create stop motion animation and explore character design by using character model sheets, then ink and paint them on a cel. 
Saturday, February 16 | 10am-12:30pm | 1:30–2:30pm
Experience an instructive lecture in basic stop motion puppet creation, covering pre-production puppet methodology, stop motion character sculpture, mold creation and casting, and puppet-finishing fabrication. 
Saturday, February 16 | 3pm
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of handmade animated films featuring the magic of stop motion with Mark Shapiro, director of entertainment brand marketing for LAIKA, the studio behind ParaNorman and Coraline
Saturday, February 23 | 10am-2pm
Learn about the practice of prefabrication of the stop motion puppet wardrobe and the performance of wardrobe in an animated scene. 
Saturday, March 2 | 3pm
Join Disney producer Don Hahn for a presentation about the process of creating and shooting the 3D stop motion film Frankenweenie. Using select clips and actual puppets from the production, Hahn talks about the challenges and fun of working with this classic form of animation. 
Saturday, March 23 | 10am-1pm & 2-5pm
Participants will plan and operate on stop motion sets and focus on animating a stop motion puppet. This class will involve the use of music and full body motion to explore essential animation concepts.