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By Film Threat Staff | July 23, 2002

Animated films that have received Oscar nods in the past will be featured in a new exhibition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, opening August 1st.

“Oscars in Animation” will feature rare and original animation art spanning seven decades – from 1933, when the Academy awarded the first Oscar for animation, to the present day. The comprehensive exhibition will chronicle the process of making an animated film while showing the significance of the art form in cinema.

The exhibition will include animated drawings, storyboards and three-dimensional character models so visitors to the Grand Lobby and Fourth Floor Galleries can visualize the step-by-step process of creating an animated film from start to finish.

Original cels, pre-production sketches and “progression videos” will offer a lesson in animation history showing how the art form has evolved from the earliest days of cel animation to today’s digital age. Classic titles such as “Dumbo,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “The Lion King” will be represented as will the work of renowned animators, including Cordell Barker, Walt Disney, Chuck Jones and John Lasseter.

Over the years, animated films have competed in a variety of award categories such as Cartoon Short, Comedy Short, Novelty Short, Animated Short, Original Score, Original Song, Writing, and as of the 74th Academy Awards, Animated Feature. Items from films that have competed in each of these categories will be featured in the exhibition.

“Oscars in Animation” will be on display at the Academy through October 6, 2002. Like all Academy exhibitions, it will be free and open to the public. Gallery viewing hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends, noon to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 310-247-3600 or go to the website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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