What's Up, Doc? Exhibit Experience

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 16, 2015
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Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

What's Up, Doc? Exhibit Experience


​“What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones,” April 30-Aug. 14, 2016, at the Minnesota History Center, reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. The exhibit is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the Museum of the Moving Image.

The exhibit was curated by David Schwartz, chief curator, and Barbara Miller, curator of the collection and exhibitions, at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Seven sections that explore key aspects of Jones’ career:
    • The Art of Animation Directing
    • Adapting Characters for the Screen
    • Bringing Characters to Life
    • Creative Experiments
    • Situating the Story
    • Road Runner and Coyote: The Art of the Gag
    • Chuck Jones’ Legacy
  • Monitors throughout the exhibit that feature 23 of Jones’s animated films—in full and as excerpts—including What’s Opera, Doc?, and the Oscar-winning films So Much for So Little (1949) and The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965).
  • 136 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels, and photographs that reveal how Jones and his collaborators worked and Jones’ creative legacy.
  • A station where visitors can take on the role of animation director in an interactive experience that allows them to manipulate character movement and timing.
  • A listening station that features behind-the-scenes audio of Jones directing Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) and Arthur Q. Bryan (the voice of Elmer Fudd), and includes excerpts from interviews with Jones.