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How big IS Toonseum??

The Toonseum is expanding. I love it. Just picture your favorite cartoon superhero with big, bulging muscles grabbing the Toonseum at both ends and doing this:

And voila, with some superpowers(and tons of side-kick sweat) activated, they’ve got more space for cool stuff. I had the chance to get a behind the scenes look at the new gallery space about a month ago. When Joe Wos walked us through and described how it was going to look, you could literally view it through his eyes. Thanks, Joe, for the sneak peek! And- Congratulations!

The cool part is Toonseum has chosen to name the new gallery after Pittsburgh native and animation legend, Lou Scheimer. Read the following press release for all the great details on the gallery naming and celebration and Proclamation for Lou Scheimer Day in Pittsburgh:

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For Immediate Release:
Press Release
TOONSEUM
945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15222

Pittsburgh City Council will be declaring Lou Scheimer Day on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in recognition of the Pittsburgh native’s contribution to the cartoon arts and Saturday morning television.

The proclamation recognizes Scheimer’s positive influence on the American entertainment industry, as he devoted his career to producing art that told stories with strong moral messages. The honor will be presented to Mr. Scheimer by Councilman Bill Peduto during a dedication ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the ToonSeum.

During the ceremony, the ToonSeum will officially christen its expanded gallery as the Lou Scheimer Gallery. The Lou Scheimer Gallery will have a section dedicated to Mr. Scheimer and his work as the co-founder of the popular Filmation studios. Lou will cut the ribbon with a replica of the He-Man power sword cast from the original in the 1986 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Masters of the Universe Float.

Scheimer was born and raised in Pittsburgh before heading off to Hollywood to begin his career in animation. After a stint working for several studios, he started Filmation. Filmation produced many popular animated and live-action shows, including “The Archies,” “Fat Albert,” “Superman,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “Tarzan” and many more.

Filmation was notable for Scheimer’s commitment to producing animation in the United States and not exporting the work overseas, as many other studios had done. Another notable aspect of Filmation was its emphasis on storytelling with a moral message or value. Ever diligent in keeping production costs down, Scheimer — known for his diligence in keeping production costs down — often would provide additional talents, such as voicing characters and composing music.

“When we began expansion plans for the ToonSeum, we wanted to name our new gallery after a promienent Pittsburgher. Lou’s contributions to cartooning and pop culture made him the obvious choice for this great honor,” said Joe Wos, ToonSeum’s executive director. “Lou and Filmation had a tremendous impact on generations in their appreciation of the cartoon arts.”

The proclamation and gallery naming ceremonies will feature Mr. Scheimer and his family. ToonSeum members and special guests will be on hand for the honor. The event is free for members. For all others, tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at louscheimer.eventbrite.com.

For more information or images, contact Joe Wos at 412-232-0199 or joe@toonseum.com.

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Simply Put- The Toonseum rocks it again. The fun just keeps getting bigger and better.

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