Sunday, November 19, 2006

Muppet Babies Art on Display

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York opened a new exhibit toady titled "Saturday Morning: Art and Artifacts from a Golden Age of Television." The exhibition celebrate nearly sixty years of television animation with a focus on the "Golden Age" of Saturday morning cartoons, which lasted from 1966 to 1990.

Over 200 pieces of animation artwork and memorabilia have been collected from over 75 television programs. One of the key programs featured is "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies". The animated series ran on CBS for seven years (1984-1990). The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art has several pieces of "Muppet Babies" art; including designs, sketches, completed cels and other related artwork.

Matt Murray, the exhibition’s lead curator and MoCCA Chief Operating Officer, expresses excitement over the show stating "it contains examples of almost every kind of animation art - from character roughs, to model packs, storyboards to drawings, as well as scripts and series bibles. It’s a great chance for the public to see how much work goes into the making of an animated cartoon, and hopefully will give them some perspective on the art form when they watch a cartoon on TV or see a pretty cel for sale in a gallery."

Other programs featured in the exhibit include: "Looney Tunes", "Schoolhouse Rock", "The Smurfs", "Inspector Gadget", "Garfield & Friends", "Winnie the Pooh", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Captain Planet", "Where's Waldo", "Ren & Stimpy", "Pinky & the Brain", "The Flintstones" and many others.

"Saturday Morning: Art and Artifacts from a Golden Age of Television" will remain on view at the museum until March 16th, 2007. For more information on the exhibit and the museum, visit their website at

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