I Say, I Say Son!” Foghorn Leghorn Creator’s Son to Speak at ToonSeum

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Robert McKimson Jr.

Robert McKim­son Jr.

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.

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