Cartoon museum will draw crowds

HANGZHOU in China is to become the location of an enormous new museum devoted to animation, with construction to start in 2012.

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the China Comics & Animation Museum, which has been designed to represent a series of cartoon ‘speech bubbles’.

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the China Comics & Animation Museum, which has been designed to represent a series of cartoon ‘speech bubbles’.

The China Comics & Animation Museum will comprise several balloon-shaped halls housing a spiral-designed comics library, exhibition halls for both permanent and temporary galleries, and three cinemas (one of them an IMAX).
There will be sections dedicated to experimental animation, educational programmes, visual effects and videogame cinematics, and the plans also call for the creation of a gigantic 3D zoetrope – a machine that produces an illusion of action from rapidly spinning static pictures.
The museum will be part of a larger development, the Comic and Animation Centre, comprising offices, a hotel, conference centre and a series of parks on man-made islands.

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