Willis O'Brien: Animator/Illustrator of King Kong: His Story, His Art

When: Sat., Nov. 10, 2-4 p.m. 2007

Once upon a time, long before computer graphics were even a twinkle in Steve Wozniak's eye, Oakland native Willis O'Brien perfected the new art of stop-motion animation to create the dinosaurs and giant ape in the 1933 film King Kong. He also worked on its sequel and that other giant-aper, 1949's Oscar-winning Mighty Joe Young. At the Oakland Public Library's Lakeview Branch (550 El Embarcadero, Oakland) local artist and vintage-cinema expert MironMurcury discusses O'Brien's life and work in collaboration with a new exhibition of posters celebrating the talented illustrator and early special-effects pioneer. 2 p.m. OaklandLibrary.org

Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

Price: free

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