Fascinating Facts about Animation History

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org

January 2, 2014

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Fascinating Facts about Animation History

Animation Exhibit
at The Strong Museum
February 1–April 27, 2014

Ready, set, draw! Explore the science behind the art of animation amid colorful, larger-than-life graphics of popular characters from Cartoon Network when you visit Animation, a new exhibit at The Strong®National Museum of Play® from February 1 to April 27, 2014. Some fun facts about the history of animation compiled by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry follow:

  • Walt Disney had only two animators working for him when he created Steamboat Willie in 1928.
  • Snow White, which premiered in 1937, was the first American animated feature film. It cost $1.4 million to produce.
  • During the production of Snow White, the Disney studio increased its animation team from 187 to 600.
  • Three Little Pigs cost $16,000 in 1933. In contrast, Sleeping Beauty, which was made in 1959 and was one of Disney’s most expensive animated features, cost $6 million.
  • Some 350,000 drawings were made for the production of Robyn Hood, with more than 100,000 painted cels and 800 painted backgrounds.
  • Production of Beauty and the Beast took more than 3 years and required the talents of nearly 600 animators, artists, and technicians.
  • Computer-generated imagery enabled the filmmakers of Aladdin to create het magic carpet ride through the Cave of Wonders.
  • Toy Story was the first animated feature ever generated completely on computers.


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


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.