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Wales has been at the heart of animation for close to a century, and its cartoons are known all over the world. You can learn all about the animation industry in Wales at Amgueddfa Cymru exhibition, which is taking place at both the National Museum Cardiff and the National Waterfront Museum until the 17th May.

Welsh animation began during the silent film era with a mischievous puppy called Jerry the Troublesome Tyke in 1925, but it was not until the late 1970s that it really took off.

The Welsh television channel, S4C, began broadcasting in 1982, and its first programme to air was SuperTed, an animation series about a defective teddy bear who was thrown away, but then brought to life and turned into a super hero by Mother Nature.

Wil Cwac Cwac is one of my favourites. Based on a 1920s series of Welsh language children's books, the cartoon is about the adventures of duckling called Will, who lives on a farm in Wales, and ran from 1984-1986. What I particularly like, is that although it is translated into English, the characters retain a strong Welsh accent, honouring the origins of where it came from.

Fireman Sam is probably the most famous Welsh cartoon to date. Our favourite fireman first appeared in 1987, and has just celebrated his 25th anniversary.

Wales went on to make animated feature films, and new companies such as Aaargh Animation, Dinamo, and Griffilms began popping up, bringing new excitement into the industry.

As part of the exhibition there will be a series of events that you can go and see and take part in:

Turnip Starfish Animation Workshops
19th January, 11am (Age 10-13) 2pm (Age 13 )
National Waterfront Museum

Learn about stop motion animation like Wallace and Gromit or 2D animation like South Park, then design your own character and create your own animation. The event is free, but you need to book by calling (029) 20573600.

Jerry the Tyke: Talk and Screening
27th January, 2pm
National Waterfront Museum

Watch a screening of Jerry the Troublesome Tyke, followed by a talk about the cartoon's restoration.

Family Activites
9th-17th February
National Museum Cardiff

You can watch a classic family film at 2pm, have a go at a 'warped animation' workshop anytime between 11am-4pm, draw your family as cartoon characters at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

There are many other activities you can enjoy, and see the dates for here.
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Why? Rediscover your favourite Welsh Cartoons
When: Until 17th March at The National Waterfront Museum and until 17th May at National Museum Cardiff
Phone: (029) 2039 7951
Where: National Museum Cardiff & The National Waterfront Museum
Cost: Free
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