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The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons opens at Upcountry History Museum on Feb. 12

This Saturday morning, February 12, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Tweety Bird won’t just be cartoons on your television screen. They and fellow Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies friends will be on display in The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, the newest exhibition opening at the Upcountry History Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Everything from that “Wascally Wabbit” and “I tawt I taw a puddy tat” to the futile ACME-inspired chases of Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner will be in full view as part of this nostalgic and visually memorable exhibition that showcases a collection of original drawings and artwork used in the intricate process that created these timeless characters.

The colorful exhibition traces the development of all the Warner Bros. cartoon stars and gives a step-by-step breakdown of how animated films are made.

In total, The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons features 160 objects that invite visitors to explore the history of the legendary Warner Bros. animation studio and the techniques that went into producing these classic cartoons.

The exhibition also includes production paintings and transparent celluloids used to create some of Warner Bros. Studios noteworthy cartoon shorts from their 1930 debut through the early 1960s. Filled with references to topical matters and real-life happenings, these cartoons were originally screened in movie theaters before the feature film began.

The exhibition is on view through Sunday, May 29.

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Want to visit?

Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville SC 29601, 864-467-3100, upcountryhistory.org.

Hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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