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Traveling exhibit brings animation magic to Bishop Museum


    The “Animation Academy” exhibit features interactive displays.

Explore the world of animation with a new traveling exhibit at Bishop Museum.

“Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels,” open through Jan. 14, features 19 interactive components that explore animation, from early hand-drawn works to the latest computer-generated imagery used in such Hollywood blockbusters as Disney’s “Moana.”

“If broken down, animation really is just a series of drawings or images,” said Brad Evans, director of exhibits for Bishop Museum, via email. “This exhibit shows you how to actually animate something you’ve created in real time with stop-motion and storyboarding. You get to see the process from start to finish.”

The Art in Motion Drawing Station allows visitors to create digital illustrations using the latest body-recognition hardware and software. The Animation Academy provides historical background on eight individuals who played an important role in the development of animation, including the first American female studio animator and the stop-motion artist who created Gumby.

Info: Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $22.95, with discounts for seniors, keiki, active-duty military and Hawaii residents; parking is $5. Call 847-3511 or visit

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