Bugs Bunny and Friends Coming to the WAG

Bugs Bunny. Porky Pig. Tweety and Sylvester. They’ll all be at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from March 5 to May 30 as part of the exhibition The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons.

Within the last decades, the Warner Bros. cartoon studio has earned both critical and popular acclaim as the producers of the finest, funniest, and most inventive animated shorts ever made. The Hollywood studio developed and perfected the kind of antic, irreverent, street-smart humour that has characterized much of short-subject animation ever since. Along the way, the Warner shop won six Academy Awards, and created more cartoon stars than any other studio, including Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, and Tweety and Sylvester.

“Warner Bros. made cartoons that were brash, reckless, and filled with topical references, bringing animation into the thick of contemporary life,” says Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. “This exhibition explores the elaborate creative process that supported the making of these classic cartoons, using examples of Warner Bros. production art from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. Visitors will see cels, model sheets, story sketches, character layout drawings, animation drawings, concept and background paintings, and promotional materials. It will give them a real sense of how cartoons are created.”

All works in the exhibition are from the collection of Stephen Schneider who has been collecting Warner Bros. artifacts, many of them rare and precious, for over 30 years.

WAG Director Stephen Borys is confident this exhibition will appeal to a large audience. “The generation who grew up watching these cartoons at the movie theatre and on television will want to bring their children or grandchildren. And we have developed a wide variety of programs that will appeal to all ages, from a pancake breakfast where you’re invited to come in your pyjamas to art workshops to cultural studies talks.”

Admission to the exhibition is $5 for Gallery members, $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, $9 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children under 6, and $23 for a family (up to 2 adults and 4 children under 18).

Media sponsors: Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, 102.3 Clear Fm.

Related Programs

Family Sunday
Animation workshop, interactive creativity area, screening of Looney Tunes cartoons.
Sunday, March 14, 1:30-4pm
Discounted family admission of $10

Pancake Breakfast
Breakfast, Looney Tunes screening, children’s activities, exhibition visits
Saturday, April 3, 9-11am

Curator Tours
With Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography
Thursday, March 18, 7pm
Wednesday, April 7, 12:10pm
Sunday, May 16, 2pm

Weekend Drop-In Tours
2pm unless otherwise noted.
March 13, 21, 27, 28
April 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
May 2 (3pm), 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23

Incredible Manitoba Animation • Classic Manitoba animation from Cordell Barker and Richard Condie, among others • Wednesday, May 5, 12:10pm
That’s All Folks • Screening of 6 classic Warner Bros. animated shorts with an introduction by Gene Walz, Professor of Film Studies, University of Manitoba • Thursday, April 15, 7pm

Ehh…What’s Up Charlie? • Learn about Winnipeg’s link to Warner Bros. cartoons with Gene Walz, Professor of Film Studies, University of Manitoba • Sunday, May 2, 2pm

Cultural Studies Tour
Explore politics and satire in Warner Bros. cartoons with Bill Stewart, Creative Director of Frantic Films • Thursday, May 13, 7pm

Art After Dark
Music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and exhibition tours • Friday, April 9

Art Workshop
Create your own animated film • Saturday, April 10, 10am-5pm (registration deadline March 18)





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