El Paso, TX

Aug 3-13, 2017 • El Paso, TX Twitter icon 35c91a4ea0e0c0472b99efafce73f319b3a0ed4dfeb2ee7e232c38e73a5872b2Facebook icon 6f054f344ba0b787e36599fa5a062c75ac59b127fa3013ceb644b2028e33a35a

An American Animator, Don Bluth

Through September 17
Art Exhibition
Free
El Paso Museum of Art
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Our seventh annual collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art focuses on one of our own — animator Don Bluth.

The exhibition in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery on the second floor features nearly 50 sketches, drawings, storyboards used in the making of several of his animated feature films. Among the items in An American Animator are a photocopied background cel overlay from Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979), the animated short Bluth worked on with fellow animators Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy and others. It was their first animated short released after their departure from Disney.

Other pieces in the exhibition include ink wash, marker and pastel images from The Secret of NIMH (1982), color keys from All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) and Thumbelina (1994), concept art and other images from Anastasia (1997), images from the never completed The Little Blue Whale and Kandu — Song of the Ice Whale, and other images from the video games Space Ace and Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp.

It also includes an example of digital animation, where rough drawings appear to move, and samples of rotoscoping from Anastasia, photographs of costumed actors and drawings based on them.

The items are on loan from the Don Bluth Collection of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The exhibition will be up through September 17.

In addition, we will be showing Don Bluth and Gary Goldman's last six animated features — for free — in the museum's auditorium, just around the corner from the exhibition on the second floor. The schedule is:

*Rock-a-Doodle *(1991) 1 p.m. Saturday, August 5

Thumbelina (1994) 3 p.m. Saturday, August 5

A Troll in Central Park (1995) 2 p.m. Sunday, August 6

The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) 1 p.m. Saturday, August 12

Anastasia (1997) 3 p.m. Saturday, August 12

Titan A.E. (2000) 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13