Play Ball, Doc! Opens April 5
We're getting ready for our special summer exhibition entitled Play Ball, Doc! - The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons featuring legendary Looney Tunes’ characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety. Play Ball, Doc! opens April 5th.
The exhibit includes more than 70 original drawings, paintings and related objects used in the making of Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1930s through the 1960s. The exhibit shows, step-by-step, how animated films were painstakingly drawn by hand, a process now performed by computers.
“This bright and lively exhibition showcases original, remarkable cartoon artwork and the lasting impact these cartoons have had on American culture,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “Warner Bros. and Louisville Slugger are classic American brands. It’s fitting for them to come together to produce such a fun experience.” The museum hosted a smaller version of the exhibit ten years ago.
A special supplement for the show, created exclusively for Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, spotlights original artwork from classic baseball-themed cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Like Bugs Bunny and his gang, baseball is an important and beloved cultural staple. The sport’s balance of good-natured fun and intense competition provided an ideal set-up for the antics and battles of the Looney Tunes lot. The exhibit includes interactive elements for guests, such as a virtual home run derby with Bugs Bunny and fun photo opportunities.
Admission to the exhibit is included with the price of museum admission. In addition to this special show, the museum also includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour.