Extended through May 4, 2014!

Get Animated! Cartoon Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16
Meet and pose for pictures with Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 and Bugs Bunny.  

Ready, set, draw! Explore the science behind the art of animation amid colorful, larger-than-life graphics of popular characters from Cartoon Network at the new Animation exhibit at The Strong museum. Families and children will delight in bringing their own creations to life—from storyboarding, character design, and drawing techniques, to movement, timing, filming, and sound selections—in six thematic areas in the exhibit.Computer Animation girl with father

  • Develop a storyboard from a series of picture cards, draw characters, enlarge drawings with a pantograph, and create scenes using layered cels and moving backgrounds in the Animation Studio.
  • View clips of popular animations such as Josie and the Pussy Cats, Top Cat, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Powerpuff Girls, The Flintstones, and Challenge of the Super Friends and learn about the history of animation in the Cartoon Museum.
  • Discover the principles of sound and phonetics with characters from Chowder, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Kids Next Door on the Sound Stage. Also explore the complexity of matching phrases to different mouth shapes and add your own voice to a silent animation. 
  • Learn about why art and math are important allies in Art in Motion with help from Cartoon Network’s Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Animate yourself using a large floor grid, camera, and computer.
  • Learn about early animation in the History area. Visit the Penny Arcade and test a mutoscope, a hand-cranked 19th-century animation viewer.
  • Create the illusion of a bouncing ball with a “squash and stretch” technique in the Science Laboratory and find out how the action slows down or speeds up using time-lapse videos in Dexter’s Laboratory.

ANIMATION was created and is circulated by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. ™ and © 2014 Cartoon Network. All rights reserved.

Exhibit sponsors

 The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Local media sponsors