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Animation Station celebrates 100 years of animated cartoons

In honor of the 100th anniversaries of Disney and Warner Brothers studios, BAMA is hosting a new exhibit celebrating the animated cartoon characters that have made history!

The exhibit features animation character cels from classic cartoons, merchandise tie-ins over the years, costumes, animated film stations, and memorabilia to celebrate characters that have become part of the American landscape. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Raya and from Porky Pig to Teen Titans, animations have been enriching our lives by providing laughter and sometimes social commentary.

And the exhibit opens with a celebration on Sunday, June 11, from 3 – 5 PM.  This family-friendly opening celebration features cartoon styled snacks, costumed characters, interactive activities, and fun for the entire family.

Throughout the exhibit run, there are also events and activities for families to enjoy.  

Summer Camps are being held June 20 – 23 and June 27 – 29.  Summer Camp I: Cartoons and Propaganda  for campers aged 12 – 15 focuses on historical cartoons that have shaped public opinion.  Campers will use computer technology to create their own animated cartoons with a social call to action.  Summer Camp II: Animators Studio for campers aged 7 – 12 will teach historical animation techniques including claymation, picture flip books, and spinner creations as well as techniques for the latest computer generated animations.  

The cost of each camp is $45 per camper for members/$55 for non-members and each camp lasts three days, from 10 AM – Noon.  Scholarships are available, thanks to the support of WebbCraft Family Foundation.

Free Family Summer Matinees will be held on July 8 and July 22.  Beginning at 10 AM, free public viewings of Toy Story  and Toy Story II will be offered for families to enjoy.  Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be sold by the BAMA Teen Board.

And on Tuesday night, August 1, beginning at 6 PM, the Mercantile is hosting a Disney Cartoon Trivia Night.  The non-electric gaming sessions will be run by Boardwalk Games of Greenville, Attendance is free, and winners will receive fun prizes.  

“Come visit this interactive exhibit and participate in the fun tie-in activities coming up this summer,” said Abigail Burden, BAMA executive director.  “Immerse yourself in the all things related to the animated cartoon characters of your youth.” 

The exhibit will be on display until August 19 during normal museum hours Wednesday – Friday, 9 to 2, and Saturday 10 to noon.    The exhibit is free to enjoy, thanks to the patronage of Anderson County ATAX and the City of Belton HTAX. 

For group tours, please contact Abigail Burden, executive director, at 864-338-7400 or [email protected].

Please check the Belton Area Museum Association Facebook page for updated information.

The Belton Area Museum Association is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities can learn about and experience our area’s history and culture.  Museum admission is free.