Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales Opens

disney cinderella
Cinderella © Disney Enterprises, Inc
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image today opened it's next major exhibition Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales, an Australian exclusive exhibition celebrating over 80 years of Disney animation, on display at ACMI until 26 April 2011.

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales showcases the exceptional high quality of animated film artwork with which the Disney name is synonymous, featuring over 600 original artworks including story sketches, animation drawings, concept art, background paintings, maquettes, animation cels, and cinematic ephemera from Disney's much-loved adaptations of traditional European fairy tales including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. The exhibition will also feature artwork from the upcoming feature film, Tangled.

At the launch of the exhibition this morning, ACMI Director Tony Sweeney, said Dreams Come True has wide appeal.

"Visitors of all ages will love seeing their favourite Disney characters as they were first imagined, seen through the creative process of the talented artists who transformed the works from idea to reality," he said. "It is a fascinating portal into the technical skill, emotional, and creative depth behind these much loved animated classics. After all, it was Disney animators who led the way in establishing animation as the serious art form it is today."

The exhibition was conceived by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Disney/Pixar Animation Studios, as a cultural gift to the people of post-Katrina New Orleans and was originally curated by Lella Smith, Creative Director, Walt Disney Animation Research Library. 

In Melbourne to officially open the exhibition, Lella said she is delighted with the ACMI staging of Dreams Come True.

"In my role at the Disney Animation Research Library, I am privileged to work with the over 80 years of animation history every day. So, I am delighted that this pleasure can now shared with Australian audiences who will be able to see first hand the artistry behind these much loved animated classics," Lella said. "It's been wonderful to work with ACMI and expand our ongoing relationship with the centre."

Visitors are able to go behind the scenes of the on-screen magic and explore the artworks and innovations that gave birth to the first cel-animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The exhibition includes early conceptual and creative artworks that date back to the 1930s, when the idea of a full length animated feature that might rival live action features was considered impossible. Throughout the Studio's history, Disney has pioneered new techniques and innovation in film animation such as the Multiplane Camera, Xerography for celluloid ink lines and the Computer Animated Production System (CAPS).

Beautiful concept art, background paintings, and character designs by influential Disney artists, including Glen Keane, Eyvind Earle, Kay Nielsen, Mary Blair, and Australian Ken O'Connor, will be accompanied by film clips to demonstrate how the artworks are brought to life as celluloid masterpieces.

At ACMI, the exhibition features new works of art on display for the first time, including concept art and character designs, from Walt Disney Animation Studios' 50th full-length feature, Tangled, (scheduled for release in Australia in January 2011).

"As with all our major exhibitions, we provide unique new works for the Australian presentation, and this is no exception," said Tony. "Just days before the US cinema release of Tangled, visitors will be able to go behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated film and see for the first time concept art and sketches from the movie."

Hundreds of artworks spectacularly illuminate the skill behind the animation magic of Disney's classic fairy tale adaptations ranging from Disney's first animated feature to its latest including, in chronological order, Silly Symphonies (1929-39), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Princess and the Frog (2009), and Tangled (in Australian cinemas 6 January, 2010).

To accompany the exhibition experience, ACMI has programmed an extensive series of films, public events and education programs.

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales, is now showing at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne, until 26 April, 2011.

For more information, please visit: http://www.acmi.net.au/dreamscometrue.aspx

Image credit: Mary Blair, Cinderella, 1950 Cinderella and Prince Charming Concept art: graphite, gouache and pastel on illustration board, Walt Disney Animation Research Library Collection © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Further information

Samatha Chater
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2475 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 655
[email] Samantha.Chater@acmi.net.au
 
 
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