New MOSI exhibit is cartoon-iful
I got to take a sneak peak at the new Animation exhibit featuring Cartoon Network at the media day today at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry before it opens this weekend. My two assistants (ages 6 and 11) gave it two thumbs up. You could have followed along on the tour if you were one of Whoa, Momma!'s Twitter followers, but here's the gist: The wonders of computers now mean anyone can be animator, no matter how well you can draw.
I was glad I had my two experts along because I could see how this could be a little challenging for preschoolers to get the whole scene without a lot of help, but there's still tons of fun. The MOSI educators say there will be plenty of helpers on hand during the exhibit's run through Sept 7, and life-sized Cartoon Network characters will be wandering the site. If you go on Saturday, you can also stop by the fourth birthday party for the Kids in Charge area with sweets, balloon artists, face painters and cartoon characters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first and most popular stop in Animation was the live video and camera area that lets kids create a mini movie in "bullet time effect" (think of the famous bullet scene in the Matrix movie). There are other stops that should enthrall any age, from jaded teen to playful parents who get a kick out of making stop motion animation, making sound effects by crunching paper and ringing bells or doing their own voiceovers on scenes from Codename: Kids Next Door.
That voiceover stop was a tough one for an early reader who couldn't read the script fast enough to keep up with the dialogue. But what a hoot it was for the older one to do the voice of a villian, a falsetto-voiced girl and then see the scene play back with his acting on display.
I will be doing a fuller review in next Thursday's Weekend section of the St. Pete Times and next Friday's tbt*.
It's a separate price to include Animation in your MOSI visit, $23.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $19.95 for kids. That's $3 more than the regular admission price, but you get to tour all of MOSI, Animation and you can get into the IMAX cartoon show, which our movie critic Steve Persall recently reviewed.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne