James Thurber is known for his cartoons and short stories. His wit encompassed a variety of genres, including autobiography, fiction, children’s literature, and commentary as well as several books on dogs. Thurber loved dogs.
“On the lawns and porches, and in the living rooms and backyards of my threescore years, there have been more dogs, written and drawn, real and imaginary, than I had guessed before I started this roundup.”
Celebrating Thurber and his love of dogs, the Ohio State Lantern reports today that:
In 1994, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra began a collaboration with Thurber House to commemorate the 100th birthday of celebrated Columbus author James Thurber. They sought to create a musical arrangement that would honor his life and pay homage to his work.
This weekend, the Columbus community witnessed what has grown out of that partnership.
In it’s initial production, Thurber’s Dogs images were projected as ProMusica played their symphony.
However, this year, imagery for the show was revamped and illustrated with the help of OSU students.
Students from Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design created 3-D animations of Thurber’s famous dog drawings for a performance of “Thurber’s Dogs-Suite for Orchestra.” The animated segments were sequenced with Schickele’s music.
They did a lovely job. The music and animation have a sense of humor and simplicity very much in keeping with Thurber’s work. You can see storyboards here and excerpts of the Quicktime video segments here.