ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A new exhibit has been set up at the Balloon Museum just in time for Balloon Fiesta. You will be able to see some of the most popular cartoon characters of our time. Original Warner Brothers animations by artist Chuck Jones will be on display.
The museum will unveil twelve original animation cells tomorrow, including Road Runner and Coyote. “The idea was to celebrate both the story of the early days and where we are today 50 years later, through the art of Chuck Jones, who has become intertwined over the years because coyote and roadrunner”, explains Eric Wimmer. .
It took more than a year to acquire the unique pieces. The new exhibit is divided into three sections that begin by taking viewers through the early history of Balloon Fiesta’s founding. Visitors then enjoy the section which presents original Chuck Jones animation cels. The final section shows the Looney Tunes characters featured in official Balloon Fiesta posters over the years by artist Daniel Killen.
All of the animations have been loaned to the museum and some are from the 80s. A museum representative says Looney Tunes’ history with Balloon Fiesta runs deep. Sid Cutter, one of the founders of Balloon Fiesta, created concept sketches and designs for the Fiesta event – the Coyote and Roadrunner race based on the Warner Brothers characters.
“To be able to develop the story of Fiesta through the lens of these fun characters and how people today when buying their merchandise from Fiesta of the Coyote and Roadrunner, uh having an understanding of the place where these characters first appeared,” says Eric Wimmer.
The exhibit also features other favorite characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The cartoons will be exhibited for about a year. During Balloon Fiesta, the museum will host a talk with Chuck Jones’ grandson, Craig Kausen.
People are invited to discover the connection between Fiesta, Roadrunner and Coyote. It’s the first day of Fiesta, October 2 at 9 a.m.