The Animation Show

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‘Watch me Move’ is an exhibition / festival that’ll appeal to anyone from a serious animation junkies to young families. At the Barbican this summer alongside the 170 actual animations, there will be stage sets, storyboards and puppets split into themed sections – Apparitions, Characters, Superhumans, Fables, Fragments, Structures, and Visions.

Highlights include ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ (1926) by Lotte Reiniger whose groundbreaking silhouette puppet animations are as intricate and captivating today as it was back in the roaring twenties.

Also here is Tim Burton’s ‘Vincent’ (1982) – a surrealistic six minute stop-motion film about a young boy, Vincent Malloy, who longs to be like the actor Vincent Price (narrator of the film) and is obsessed with the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

Then we have the classic and timeless Betty Boop in ‘Ha! Ha! Ha!’ (1934) where our protagonist accidentally inhales laughing gas causing her whole world to become hysterically alive.

The more commercial studios are also represented such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar, and you also get to see some of the big stars of animations including Mickey Mouse, Koko the Clown, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Simpsons, Nick Park’s Creature Comforts and the celebrated cast of Toy Story. So all bases are covered. I’d advise dipping in and out maybe and not trying to do the whole thing in one day. A sensory delight.

From 15 June to 11 September 2011 at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. See www.barbican.org.uk.