Exhibition

Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation

  • Date

    Sep 27, 2012 – Apr 28, 2013
  • Location

    Theater Gallery

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.