Fantasy World - Italian Americans in Animation - free all ages event

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The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is pleased to present a new exhibition exploring the world of animation and the Italian Americans who were pioneers of this exciting medium, as well as those who continue to inspire audiences today.

Italian Americans figure prominently in the world of animation, having given birth to iconic series including ​The Flintstones​, ​Tom and Jerry​, and ​Woody Woodpecker​, and having served as creative forces behind major studios and comic classics​.

Spanning a century of animation history, ​Fantasy World: Italian Americans in Animation examines the lives, inspirations, and contributions of Italian Americans ​artists​, writers, directors, voice actors, musicians, and producers who created unforgettable characters, hilarious cartoons, enduring musical scores, and timeless stories.

Creative minds such as Joseph Barbera, co-creator of ​The Flintstones​; Walter Lantz, whose surname was changed from Lanza, and who created Woody Woodpecker, among other characters; Clyde Geronimi, co-director of ​Lady and the Tramp​; and Joe Oriolo, creator of the Felix the Cat ​television show, are presented as part of a distinct chapter of entertainment history revealing how Italian Americans have shaped the field of animation since its inception.

Although animation has been and remains a male-dominated field, Italian American women were among those who overcame bias to carve out successful careers. ​Fantasy World highlights important figures such as Bianca Majolie, Disney’s first female story artist; Grace Godino, an animator for ​Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs​; Adriana Caselotti, the voice of Snow White; and Milicent Patrick (born Mildred di Rossi), the long-overlooked creator of the Gill-Man from the ​Creature from the Black Lagoon.

A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to Italian American comic artists including Carmine Infantino, who co-created the Flash and designed the character’s iconic costume; Frank Giacoia, a legendary inker behind ​The Incredible Hulk​ and ​Captain America​; John Romita Sr., who worked on ​Spider-Man w​ith Stan Lee; and John Buscema, who co-created the Vision, an android member of the Avengers, among others.

The musicians who created the iconic scores for animated classics and contemporary animated films are also showcased. Vince Guaraldi composed dozens of scores for ​Peanuts,​ including the ​Charlie Brown Christmas​ album, a holiday favorite. Henry Mancini, although best known for iconic film scores such as ​Breakfast at Tiffany’s a​ nd ​Days of Wine and Roses, ​was also the creative mind behind ​The Pink Panther Theme​. In recent years, Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (who has also won three Grammys and an Emmy) has created critically acclaimed soundtracks for ​Coco​, ​The Incredibles,​ and ​Ratatouille​, among others.

Today, CGI (computer-generated imagery) represents the new frontier of animation. Anthony and Joe Russo, one of the most successful directing duos in history and the creative forces behind the​ Captain America​ franchise, modernized classic comics for the contemporary audience through their innovative use of CGI.

Fantasy World​ f​eatures objects from iconic films and animated series, rare comics, and interviews. Henry Mancini’s 1964 Grammy Award for ​The Pink Panther Theme​ is on display, along with storyboards by Michael Maltese from the​ Bugs Bunny ​cartoon, an original script from Walter Lantz’s ​The Woody the Woodpecker Show,​ ​an ​original painting from​ Alice in Wonderland by Nino Carbé, and the baton used by Michael Giacchino to conduct the score for ​Up!

Fantasy World: Italian Americans in Animation i​ s a family-friendly exhibition that will engage audiences of all ages.

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