Have kids that love cartoons? Watch cartoons come to life at the New York Hall of Science during Animation, a 6,000-square-foot exhibition featuring characters from the Cartoon Network. Open from March 31 through September 2, the exhibition explores 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 exhibition, which also explores the history of animation and features ascreening room and a cartoon museum.
The six themes of the exhibit include:
History – Visitors learn about early animation and apparent motion. Using a praxinoscope,NYSCI visitors can manipulate and spin three-dimensional objects to morph the objects into asingle animation. At the Penny Arcade, they can “crank” out animations with an old-fashionedmutoscope.
Animation Studio – Visitors explore the process of animation, story creation, animatortechniques and tools. Visitors can develop a storyboard from a series of picture cards, drawcharacters, enlarge drawings with a pantograph, and create scenes using layered cels and movingbackgrounds.
Art in Motion – With help from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, visitors discover whyart and math are important allies when creating characters, motion and change. The illusion ofmovement will come alive as visitors magically “move” around a room without using their legs.
Science Laboratory – In Dexter’s Laboratory, visitors delve into the science and technologythat make animation possible. They create the illusion of a bouncing ball with the techniqueof “squash and stretch” and find out how the action slows down or speeds up with time-lapsevideos. They can also see themselves “hover” while exploring visual effects in a full-bodyinteractive experience.
Sound and Stage – Visitors discover the principles of sound and phonetics with characters fromChowder, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Kids Next Door. They explore the complexity of matchingphrases to different mouth shapes, add their own voice to a silent animation and set the mood ofa film by selecting background music from a variety of soundtracks.
Cartoon Museum – Families can take a seat in this intimate theater setting and view clipsof popular animations while learning the secrets behind their production. They will examineartifacts such as cels, models and storyboard drawings from classic and favorite animations suchas Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, and The Flintstones.
Animation is free with regular NYSCI admission.