Disney fans, rejoice!
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (aka: ACMI) has announced today that it will be bringing the exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation to Melbourne as part of the city’s Winter Masterpiece series, supported by Visit Victoria.
Opening Thursday 13 May, the exhibition will celebrate close to 100 magical years of Disney animation: a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios that will give visitors the chance to experience some truly incredible artistry.
See dozens of Disney characters brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has been creating extraordinary films for almost a century, with every film beginning with drawings that capture the essence of character, story and emotion. Disney: The Magic of Animation features over 500 original art works from the 1920s through to present day, including paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.
These rarely seen works reveal the development of beloved stories and animation techniques from dozens of classics ranging from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928) to Fantasia (1940) and Frozen (2013)to Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).
Said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President and MD of The Walt Disney Company ANZ, “At The Walt Disney Company, storytelling is at the heart of everything we do. We are incredibly excited to share this exhibition with the people of Melbourne.”
And the rest of us folk in Australia, if they can keep those borders down so we can all enjoy the offers of lovely Melbourne-town.
Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI on Thursday 13 May. Tickets can be purchased online at acmi.net.au.
Image credits: (Top of article) Bambi, 1942, Disney Studio Artist, Story sketch, colored pencil and graphite on paper © Disney Enterprises, and (middle of article) Disney Studio Artist, Clean-up model sheet, photostat on paper © Disney Enterprises.