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Jun 11, 2008

KRAZY

Last night I went downtown to the Art Gallery to see the new exhibit, "KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime, Comics, Video Games, and Art."

I'm not into Anime, or most comics. And frankly I think playing video games is just a big waste of time. I went because they had one room for, "Animated Cartoons." I'd heard they have original animation drawings from Dumbo. That alone was worth the price of admission. As I expected, I was only interested in the one room. I quickly walked through the entire exhibit, but came right back to the animation room. Some of the graphic novel stuff was pretty cool though.

What can I say? If you live in the Vancouver area, and are into animation, don't miss this opportunity. I won't ruin it for you, but here's some of what you'll see if you go.
  • Original animation drawings from Gertie the Dinosaur
  • Original puppets from Lotte Reiniger's, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed"
  • Original storyboard drawings, concept paintings, and animation drawings from Dumbo
  • Original conceptual work and character studies from Toy Story
  • Nick Park's story sheets and gag idea sheets from The Wrong Trousers
  • Original artwork and cells from UPA's Gerald McBoing Boing
A lot of the Dumbo stuff was listed as "unattributed" but I swear it looked like the hand of Bill Peet. I was a little unsure if Peet was involved in Dumbo, but this Michael Sporn post confirmed it. Anyway, I didn't bring my camera along to take pictures as I thought it wouldn't be aloud in the Gallery. Sure enough there were tourists there snapping away. If I find the time, I'll go back and get pictures and post them up for all to see.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Trystan Sregor said...

I know that this is one of your older posts, but why do you believe video games to be a waste of time?

All art forms start out somewhat mediocre and video games have the potential to do some exciting and unique things. People said watching films were a waste of time when they first started to be made. And animation especially is always hated on by certain groups.

I'm just saying don't hate on something you know very little about, I mean that in an artistic way. A lot of game designers hate the way mainstream games have been going lately. Just like the how people despise popcorn flicks that come out from time to time as well.

March 17, 2009 2:48 AM

 
Blogger Dan said...

I didn't say making video games is a big waste of time. I say playing them is a waste of time.

I used to play them all the time, like relentlessly when I was a kid. The last game I played was Diablo 2, not that long ago, and I wasted sooooo many hours. Hours I could have spent drawing and becoming a better artist. I feel it was a waste of time because I'm hard on myself and I think I could be more talented if it weren't for the time I wasted playing them.

I have a lot of friends in the gaming industry who are animators. I also did a little myself, so I know what's involved. There was a time when Blizzard was the company I wanted to work for the most ;)

March 17, 2009 7:45 AM

 
Blogger Trystan Sregor said...

Oh, okay. That's why I asked. Just wanted to get your thoughts on that.

March 17, 2009 11:48 AM

 

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