Tag Archives: African American Animation Characters

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Panel Exhibition

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Black Character Revolution Firsts – A Timeline Of The First Appearances Of Positive Black Animation Characters In Television History

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At The Schomburg

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At The Schomburg

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution – Exhibition Results From The Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

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What’s Happening At The Museum?

What’s Happening At The Museum?

We are busy getting our traveling exhibitions booked in museums around the country. There are more exhibitions to come, so stay tuned! 151,474 people have seen one of our funky traveling exhibitions to date!!!

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Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Leo Sullivan

Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Leo Sullivan

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Leo Sullivan, one of the pioneering Black animators who helped lead the revolution of positive Black animated characters during the 1970’s. I interviewed Leo for close to an hour, spoke to him after the interview for a little longer. He was gracious, humorous and introspective. His bio and interview are below. It was an honor to speak to this Animation Legend.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Fast Company Design

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Fast Company Design

Fat Albert, Schoolhouse Rock, The Harlem Globetrotters: with their retro animation styles, these 1970s cartoons seem dated now, but in their time, they were groundbreaking.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Hyperallergic

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Hyperallergic

Think of trailblazing black TV shows, and The Cosby Show immediately comes to mind. But before the Cliff Huxtable, there was Fat Albert, Bill Cosby’s beloved animated creation that became famous for his catchphrase, “Hey, hey, hey!”

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Complex Art+Design

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Complex Art+Design

The mission of the Museum Of UnCut Funk is to “preserve funky Black Cultural artifacts and history for future generations.”

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On NY1

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On NY1

Just in time for Black History Month, a new exhibition in Harlem looks at the rise of black characters on classic Saturday morning cartoons. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In USA Today

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In USA Today

The Museum Of UnCut Funk and our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered in the Black History Month Supplement of USA Today.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Ebony.com

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Ebony.com

Pre-Boomerang/Cartoon Network, when there were only three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC), part of the television ritual for kids during the 1970s was Saturday morning cartoons.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On Here And Now On ABC 7

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On Here And Now On ABC 7

On February 2, 2014 our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center was mentioned on the ABC 7 NY community affairs program Here and Now.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Visits The FanBros Show

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Visits The FanBros Show

The Museum Of UnCut Funk visited the FanBros Show to talk about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center. Kimsonian from FanBros came to our Curator’s Talk and to see the exhibition.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Release – NY

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Release – NY

Hey Hey Hey! New Animation-Inspired Exhibit, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution to Open at Schomburg Center February 5th.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By NPR Code Switch

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By NPR Code Switch

Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered by Tanya Ballard Brown for NPR’s Code Switch blog. Below is Tanya’s article, which includes her conversation with legendary animator Leo Sullivan, who worked on the Fat Albert cartoon special and series and several other 1970’s cartoons that featured positive Black characters.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Animation Exhibition

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Black Character Revolution – A Retrospective Of The First Positive Black Animation Characters To Appear In Television History

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Funky Turns 40 – Black Character Revolution – Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids Animation Exhibition

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Black Character Revolution –
A Retrospective Of 1970’s Saturday Morning Animation Art Featuring Characters From The Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Cartoon

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Funky Turns 40 – Black Character Revolution – Jackson 5ive Animation Exhibition

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Black Character Revolution –
A Retrospective Of 1970’s Saturday Morning Animation Art Featuring Characters From The Jackson 5ive Cartoon

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Black Animation Collection

Black Animation Collection

The Museum Of UnCut Funk owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive collections of Original Animation Production Cels and Drawings from 1970‘s Saturday morning cartoons that feature Black characters.

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Oxymoronic Art – Animation Collection Review By Christopher P. Lehman

Oxymoronic Art – Animation Collection Review By Christopher P. Lehman

The Museum Of UnCut Funk has an impressive collection of oxymoronic art. Why oxymoronic? Animation is an art form with caricature as its foundation. However, nearly all of the cartoons represented in this collection, which feature African American and African caricatures, attempt to negotiate the entertainment value of the characters’ designs with accuracy in depicting African American performance.

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Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Robert Balser

Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Robert Balser

Robert Balser began his career in 1955 as a layout artist at Norman Wright Productions. A year later he was Layout Production Supervisor on the title sequence of Michael Todd’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

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