The ToonSeum pulls back the curtain to take a behind the scenes of Looney Tunes through the eyes of Robert McKimson Jr. Robert is the son of famed Warner Bros. cartoon director and animator Bob and the nephew of animators Chuck and Tom McKimson. Robert will share the story of his animated family through pictures and remembrances of their work and the legendary characters they created.
Those characters are a who’s who of Warner Bros. animation including popular characters like Foghorn Leghorn, Tasmanian Devil and many more. This presentation offers a rare glimpse at the lives and work of some of the most important animators of animations golden age.
Roberts new book “I Say, I Say Son.” Will be released in 2012.
Robert will speak at the ToonSeum on Saturday November 26th, at 6pm. Reception and viewing of “Overture: Behind the Scenes of Looney Tunes” exhibition will follow.
Admission is $5 at www.mckimson.eventbrite.com
Members are free.
Online reservations are recommended.
Robert McKimson (1910-1977) was an animator and director who is most known for his work at Warner Bros. on the Looney Tunes series. His “Hillbilly Hare” is generally regarded as a classic outing for Bugs Bunny.
McKimson was an animator at Termite Terrace from almost the beginning, and had a knack for detail. For an example of his work, see the start of “What’s Cookin’, Doc?” when Bugs performs all the celebrity impersonations. He also was one of the animators on the classic short “A Corny Concerto” directed by Bob Clampett. There’s a professionalism to the animation, and the graceful movement emphasizes Bugs’s likeability. He also drew the definitive Bugs Bunny model sheet in 1943 (which ironically he didn’t use himself when he began directing; see below). McKimson’s versions of the classic Warners characters generally seem rounder and fatter than most of the other directors’ (though it was Bob Clampett who introduced the infamous “Fat Elmer”), with rather small eyes his characters have a tendency to peer out through half-closed eyelids, at least in his earlier period.