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Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Original art from Golden Books


     The ToonSeum will feature one of the most extensive public showings ever of original illustration art from one of American publishing’s best-loved and most consequential picture book lines, Little Golden Books, from April 11th through June 30th 2014.

              Sixty masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—will be featured in the exhibition, including pieces from such picture-book classics as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Color Kittens, I Can Fly, and more.

              Launched in 1942, Little Golden Books made high quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious series were greats of the European émigré community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the European situation worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair); and such American originals as Leonard Weisgard, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.


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A  Looney Pop Up Exhibit!

If you have ever had the song “Kill the Wabbit” from Looney Tunes’ “What’s Opera Doc?” pop into your head, then the Toonseum has a pop up exhibit for you!

In conjunction with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” the museum has opened a pop-up Looney Tunes exhibit presented by Schell Games. The exhibit opens April 6th and features original artwork and even rare musical scores from Warner Bros. animated films.

The music scores on display were mapped out line-by-line using the cartoon’s storyboards and animators’ notes. These “bar sheets” were innovated by Carl Stalling, who worked as a composer for Disney and Warner Bros. He spent his career writing cartoon scores until retiring in 1958. Stalling’s music was dynamic and still considered a model for animation music today, as it interweaves classical pieces with dissonant sound effects and musical cues used to convey emotional reactions to the audience.  

In addition to the sheet music, the installation has original sketches, film cels and a greeting card by the legendary Chuck Jones. Working alongside great cartoon directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, and Robert McKimson,  Jones created several iconic characters, such as Michigan J. Frog, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner. Throughout his career,  the four-time Oscar winner created more than 300 animated films, including some of the most memorable shorts “What’s Opera Doc?,” “One Froggy Evening” and “Duck Amuck.”

Other cartoon art includes comic and coloring book roughs and animation cels from the boys of “Termite Terrace” (a nickname given to the animators’ studio space). This team of animators were corralled by Warner Brothers Cartoons producer Leon Schlesinger. Under Schlessinger's guidance, the team created some of the most memorable cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Tweety Bird.

The pop-up exhibit runs in tandem with the “Gertie the Dinosaur: a Century of Animation,” which celebrates the 100th birthday of Gertie, the first animated cartoon character.

The exhibit is presented by Schell Games.



Wonder Women: On Page and Off

is made possible with the support of Pittsburgh's Wonder Women--

Hilda Pang Fu

Mary Leonard

Yu-Ling Behr

Vivian Benter

Tacy Byham

Tanya Hagen

and Carlow University


Pop Up Exhibit