On Sept. 14 and 15, some of the world’s most beloved cartoons will come to life with the help of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during Cartoon Weekend, presented by The Goddard School. As part of the festivities, the Zoo will offer exciting cartoon-themed fun for guests of all ages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with the purchase of regular Zoo admission.
During this “toon-tastic” celebration, guests can participate in a number of activities that will transport some of their favorite characters from their television screens to the Zoo. Activities will include meet and greets with cartoon personalities, including: Batman and Robin, Red and Chuck from “Angry Birds,” Gene and Poop from “The Emoji Movie,” Garfield and Odie, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, and Fred and Wilma Flintstone!
Each character will make several appearances throughout the weekend to meet all of their adoring fans. Times and characters are subject to change without notice.
The Zoo is also excited to welcome voice actor, Brian Hull, and animator, Tony Bancroft, to Cartoon Weekend for special stage appearances that will help bring much-loved cartoon characters to life at the Zoo.
Brian Hull is an online content creator and voice actor, who first rose to fame with his YouTube video, “Disney and Pixar Sings Let it Go,” during which he sang “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” in the style of 21 different Disney and Pixar characters. Since then, Hull’s channel has grown to have over 1 million subscribers, and he has had several film and commercial roles featuring his voice acting, including jobs for Air Bud Entertainment, Busted Buggy Entertainment and commercials for the California Lottery and McDonald’s. He has also done video game work for Rogovan on World War Toons and joined the European tour of the “Disney Magic Moments” concert.
Tony Bancroft is a skilled animator with over 30 years of experience in the field. Bancroft spent 12 years working for Walt Disney Animation Studios and helped to create and animate several major characters, including: Pumbaa, the lovable warthog from “The Lion King;” Kronk, the dim-witted sidekick in “The Emperor’s New Groove;” Cogsworth, the nervous clock from “Beauty and the Beast;” and Iago, the pestering parrot from “Aladdin.” Bancroft’s most notable accomplishments include being the co-director of Walt Disney’s animated film, “Mulan,” for which he received the Annie Award for Director of the Year from ASIFA-International, and serving as the animation supervisor for Sony’s “Stuart Little 2,” for which he received the Visual Effects Society’s top award for character animation.
Recently, Bancroft has worked as a co-director of computer-generated feature, “Animal Crackers,” executive producer of “Mosley” and an animator for Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” He currently serves as Program Director of Azusa Pacific University’s Animation and Visual Effects degree program.
All Cartoon Weekend activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice. For more information about Cartoon Weekend, please visit ColumbusZoo.org.