Animation Artwork Collections

Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The animation holdings contain work by well-known American filmmakers Frank Thomas, Frank Mouris, Joanna Priestly, Saul Bass, John & Faith Hubley but also internationally acclaimed makers such as Frederic Back (CA), Richard Williams (CA/UK), Anthony Gross (UK) or Bruno Bozzetto (It). The Production Art Database has many digital images of animation drawings, sketches, modelsheets and is online available.

British Film Institute
The British Film Institute houses an important collection of animated film and animation artwork from the Sorcerer’s Scissors (1907) till The Illusionist (2010). It is the home to the vast archives of Halas and Bachelor, the company responsible for over half a century of British Animated film including Animal Farm (1952).

Musée du Film d’Animation, Annecy
The museum presents a century of animation. The collection contains circa 5000 documents and objects related to the history and production processes of animated films and is closely affiliated with the prestigious International Animation Film Festival, located in Annecy (France) since 1960.

Eye Filmmuseum
The national museum for film in the Netherlands. The animation artwork collection contains work of more than 50 different Dutch filmmakers. Items from independent shorts from artists like Karin Wiertz, Jacques Verbeek, Børge Ring, Paul Driessen, Monique Renault and Gerrit van Dijk, as well as animation studios such as Toonder Studio’s and  Joop Geesink’s Dollywood.

Cosgrove Hall Films Archive
Cosgrove Hall Films produced some of the best-loved children’s stop motion series in the UK, with characters such as Postman Pat, Count Duckula, Dangermouse and Noddy. The archive contains 2D hand drawn animation, script, plan and editing material, and many more stop motion puppets.

German Institute for Animated Film
DIAF is entrusted with the estate and legacy of the DEFA Studio for Animated Film (1945-1990), the state studio of the former German Democratic Republic. In addition to more than 2,000 film prints, the DIAF also archives an extensive collection of film-related materials and documents. Temporary exhibitions are organized regularly and an exhibition about the DEFA Studio is on permanent display.

Warner Bros. Archives, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Donated to University of Southern California by Warner Communications in 1977. The USC Warner Bros. Archives is the largest and possibly the richest single studio collection of paper documents in the world. The animation holdings primarily consist of painted backgrounds for Looney Tunes (1930-1969) and Merrie Melodies (1931-1969) short films.

Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation
It is the primary aim of the Foundation to protect Ray Harryhausen’s name and body of work as well as archiving, preserving and restoring Ray’s extensive collection. In addition the Foundation is firmly committed to show and exhibit, for educational and entertainment purposes, all of Ray’s unique collection which includes the short films as well as his feature productions.

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