Animating America’s Favorite Family
Jan 20 – May 28, 2023
Admission: Visit for FREE with your TMA membership, starting as low as $15 and good for the year.
One-day passes available at $10.
B(ART) is an unauthorized and in-depth look at the artwork created for America’s longest-running primetime animated television show. Set in the fictional town of Springfield, the show explores the life of a working-class family through parodies of American culture and society, television, and the human condition.
The exhibit displays the art of creating hand-drawn 2D animation on sheets of transparent plastic called cels. Each cel features one drawing with an outline on the front side of the plastic and the color filled in on the backside. These cels are then placed over a background and photographed in sequence. When played back at a speed of 24 frames per second, they create the illusion of movement. The TV show’s production used cel animation during seasons 1 – 13. Since season 14, the TV show embraced advancements in technology and uses a digital system, which eliminates the need for cels and the hand painted process.
This collection is on loan from Bill Heeter and Kristi Correa.