"Animation"

Daffy, Donald and Dexter are not as simple as they seem

Animation has evolved far beyond the 2-D, hand-drawn princesses of Disney's Golden Age, but even with help from computers, it still requires a lot of brainpower - from both the left and right sides. This is the central theme of the Health Museum's "Animation" exhibit, which, with help from the Cartoon Network, shows the science and the silliness of the craft. Featuring clips and backstage info from shows like Dexter's Laboratory and Codename: Kids Next Door, the exhibit details all the processes of cartoon-making, from the creation of narrative threads, motion and sounds to the technologies employed. It may seem like a slightly odd fit for a health museum, but as a self-described interactive science learning center, the museum is more than happy to reveal just how much creative energy, technological prowess and yes, even the dread mathematics, is required in animation. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through September 6. 1515 Hermann Drive. For information, call 713-521-1515 or visit www.thehealthmuseum.org. Free to $8.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: May 29. Continues through Sept. 6, 2010

 
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