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