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When George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States in 1789, he initially used the name, "His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties." Critics charged that it smacked of monarchy and Washington consented that the title be altered to "Mr. President."

About “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly: Toys and the Movies”

November 20, 2010 – March 27, 2011

Whether you grew up with Mickey Mouse or Buzz Lightyear, the Frazier History Museum’s new exhibit, “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly.: Toys & the Movies,” will appeal to the child in all of us! The exhibit features toys and art from the popular Toy Story movie trilogy, along with other movie and TV inspired toys from the past 100 years.

Produced by the Frazier Museum and presented by Mountjoy Chilton Medley, “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly.” examines the playthings that have entertained generations past through a vast collection of classic toys from regional collectors and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Visitors will enjoy seeing some of their long lost favorite toys, along with original Toy Story movie story boards, stills and concept art, as well as interactive games and fun trivia. (Did you know the first Mr. Potato Head was actually a real potato?!) Together, they present an entertaining and “toy-stalgic” experience for the whole family.

In this playful exhibit, the widely-recognized Toy Story characters help tell the story of some of America’s most beloved toys, beginning with the early 20th century through present day. Woody and his Roundup Gang corral some fun facts about Western toys and those inspired by 1950s TV shows, such as Howdy Doody and Hopalong Cassidy. Buzz Lightyear blasts off to explore popular space toys, including Star Wars, He-Man/Masters of the Universe, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Rex helps you get to know some of his dinosaur toy friends, while Sarge introduces you to G.I. Joes and toy soldiers.

Sneak into Sid’s Room and try not to be terrified by the mutant and horror toys, including Chucky from Child’s Play and Godzilla! Many little girls’ favorites will be on display in Molly’s Room, including Barbie, My Little Pony and Madame Alexander dolls. In Sunnyside Daycare, you’ll get up-close-and-personal with Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals, in addition to educational toys, such as Legos and K’Nex. See authentic Toy Story digital prints, concept art and storyboards and try your own hand at animation.

The 3,800 square foot “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly.” features over 500 toys and runs through March 27, 2011. The exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission. Several special events and programs related to the exhibit are planned. Call (502) 753-5663 for more. An Acme Archives event.

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