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The animation-happy "Ice Age to the Digital Age" opens at the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, March 21

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    Storyboard drawing of Manny and Diego from "Ice Age."

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    Digital production still of Manny and Diego from "Ice Age."

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    Armature of T-Rex from "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" by Michael Defeo, 2007...

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    Resin maquette sculpture of T-Rex from "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" by...

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    Digital production still of T-Rex from "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

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    Character study of Rafael from "Rio" by Sang Jun Lee, 2011

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    Digital production still of Blu, Jewell and Rafael from "Rio."

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    Character study of Scrat from "Ice Age" by Peter de Sve. n.d. Colored pencil...

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    "Scrat Fight!" Character study of Scrat and Scratte from "Ice Age: Dawn of the...

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    Digital production still of Scrat and Scratte from "Ice Age: Dawn of the...

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Storyboard drawing of Manny and Diego from "Ice Age."

The Society of Illustrators on the Upper East Side shines the spotlight on a popular art form found far more frequently on the silver screen than in a museum: the wonderful world of animation. Specifically, the looks at the work of Blue Sky Studios, the creative hub behind such kid-magnet films as the Ice Age series (think Sid the Sloth, Manny the Mammoth), Robots (Robot Rodney Copperbottom), Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! (the adorable Horton, of course) and Rio (Blu the Minnesota Macaw). The exhibit guides viewers young and old through the entire process of animated film creation, from initial concepts, characters and storylines to 3-D and digital modeling with a collection of rarely seen digital drawings, character illustrations and storyboards. Young cineastes can also watch film clips of the art's final form in the museum's new screening room.

"Ice Age to the Digital Age" is on view at the Society of Illustrators from March 21 through May 5. Free. Ages 3 and up.

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