The art of “Termite Terrace”

Posted on | December 27, 2008 | No Comments

Yeah, I know, this is a blog that is focused on historic interiors and architecture, so why am I writing about Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros. Animation Studios, (affectionately known as “Termite Terrace”)?

Having always been a tremendous fan of the early years of animation I had to catch the exhibit over at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento entitled “The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons“. It’s a rare display of cels, (short for “celluloids” the transparent film that animated drawings were “inked” on to), development drawings, character model sheets (very beautifully drawn), and even some of the great “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” themselves playing on monitors throughout the exhibit halls. It was a great treat to see the incredible draftsmanship displayed in many of the animators drawings, particularly those by Robert McKimson, an animator and director who apparently had his visual abilities enhanced after a concussion he suffered from an accident as a young man, (don’t try this at home).

I loved watching these animated shorts as a kid (like millions of other people young and old), but it was the first time I had seen such a collection of original work all at one time. If you’re in Sacramento don’t miss this show, Doc!

OK, Porky, let’s wrap this post up in the vintage Warner Bros. style… 


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