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Looney Tunes, Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear at Detroit Institute of Arts—could it be more Fun? Famous characters are topic of two talks related to DIA’s animation exhibition

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Contact:  Pamela Marcil  313-833-7899

(Detroit) In conjunction with the special exhibition Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, the Detroit Institute of Arts offers a multitude of programs for all ages. Coming up are talks by an animation historian and an Oscar®-nominated director:

The Warner Bros. Superstars: A Looney Tunes “Top Ten” Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 19: 7 p.m.
Animation historian Jerry Beck (The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons) will discuss how Warner Bros. Studios created the signature animated characters and short films of the 1940s and ‘50s, and explore the intertwined careers of the animators who produced them. Tickets: $5. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

From Mickey Mouse to Buzz Lightyear
Saturday, Nov. 2: 3 p.m.
Leslie Iwerks is an Oscar®-nominated director, as well as the granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, who designed Mickey Mouse. She will chronicle the evolution of animation from the 1920s, when her grandfather worked with Walt Disney, through the era of computer animation that has revolutionized Hollywood. Tickets: $5. Sponsored by Friends of Detroit Film Theatre.

Tickets to the Watch Me Move exhibition include one free related program or film.

Watch Me Move features iconic moments and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to tour galleries filled with an incredible array of animation techniques in more than 100 animated film segments from across generations and cultures. The exhibition includes classic works alongside lesser-known pieces that help demonstrate the full intellectual and emotive power of animation.

Exhibition tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for ages 6–17 for those who see the exhibition by Nov. 17. After that, tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6–17. Free for DIA members. Tickets include a pass to one exhibition-related program or film.

A $75 Super Fan pass allows unlimited visits to the exhibition and to the related movies and lectures.

This exhibition has been organized by Barbican Centre, London. The Barbican Centre is provided by the City of London Corporation as part of its contribution to the cultural life in London and the nation.
In Detroit, generous support has been provided by the GM Foundation and Honigman. Additional support has been provided by Quicken Loans & Rock Ventures LLC.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.