Happening @ CAM

Overture: Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes

Held over by popular demand!

December 4, 2010 – May 29, 2011


Few cartoons have been able to capture the attention of multiple generations like the Looney Tunes.  These enduring characters are celebrated in the Cartoon Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Overture:  Looney Tunes Behind the Scenes, which opens to the public on December 4, 2010.

This exhibition features over 60 pieces of original artwork featuring the world-famous Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam and The Tasmanian Devil. Character designs, model sheets, advertising artwork, animation pencil art, Looney Tunes comic book art and other rarely seen illustrations provide an exclusive look behind the scenes at the creation of the cartoon shorts beloved by generations.

Featured artists include famed Looney Tunes Director and Animator Robert McKimson, and his brothers Charles and Tom McKimson; and animator Sam Nicholson, who was renowned throughout the animation industry for his skill as a caricaturist; and legendary background painter and designer Maurice Noble.

Exhibition curator Andrew Farago is the author of The Looney Tunes Treasury, published by Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.  The timeless generational appeal of the Looney Tunes is celebrated in The Looney Tunes Treasury by an irrefutable source—the characters themselves.  Whether it’s Bugs Bunny or Yosemite Sam, each character gives his own off-beat look at the animation industry, the creative voices who gave the characters their unequivocal look, attitude and voices, and a first-hand account of what the characters do when they’re not starring in the latest cartoon.  The Looney Tunes Treasury is available wherever books are sold, and signed copies may be purchased from the Cartoon Art Museum’s bookstore.

Promotional assistance with this exhibition has been provided by Insight Editions. Insight Editions is an illustrated book publisher focused on creating superlative books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with the time-honored traditions of publishing and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft.  For more information on Insight Editions, please visit http://www.insighteditions.com


Comment from TAWNY CRIST
Time December 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Thank you so much for this. I have been a fan of Sam Nicholson’s for decades. What a talent!.

Comment from MELISSA
Time January 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm


Comment from afarago
Time January 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

It’s always possible! If you know of any museums in Florida that would be interested in hosting the exhibition, please send them our way!

Comment from Harry Hilders
Time January 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

Sounds interesting. Keep up the good work.

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Time February 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

[...] Museum: What’s up Doc? Rare artefacts that will fascinate kids of all ages are gathered for Overture: Looney Tunes Behind The Scenes . A great look and Bugs Bunny and co as their creators originally saw them. (Until 15th [...]

Comment from Beckey
Time March 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I was looking for an art museum in San Fran to visit with my boyfriend while he’s visiting from Texas and I found CAM. We’ll be visiting CAM in April, and maybe Alcatraz, too.

Comment from Paul
Time April 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Hope this display is out there in October. One of my favorite entertainment mediums. Never get enough of Yosemite. In fact we are going thru Yosemite after we leave San Francisco.

Comment from afarago
Time April 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

This exhibition wraps up at the end of May, but it may be traveling once it wraps up its run at CAM. Stay tuned!

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Time May 1, 2011 at 3:59 am

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Comment from Holly McKimson
Time June 26, 2011 at 12:56 am

This is a nice article in which you mentioned my father and two uncles. I am now carrying on the McKimson name, slow but sure, but with my artwork, and style. I wish I had seen this article before today which is June 25, 2011.

Thank you for a nice writing:)
Holly McKimson

Comment from afarago
Time June 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm


You’re welcome! The next stop for this exhibition is the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, featuring many nice pieces from the collection of Robert McKimson Jr.!