DREAMS COME TRUE: THE ART OF DISNEY’S CLASSIC FAIRY TALES

HAPPENINGText: Joanna Kawecki

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales
Disney Studio Artist / Sleeping Beauty, 1959 / Briar Rose / Dancing with the Animals
Reproduction of final film frame
Walt Disney Animation Research Library Collection © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Walt Disney is the grandmaster of fantasy and imagination, adapting traditional European fairytales into animated masterpieces that long withstand time. Responsible for much-loved classics such as Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and animated shorts The Pied Piper, The Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs, as just a few of an incredible many!

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Hal Ambro / Cinderella, 1950 / Fairy Godmother
Cleanup animation drawing: graphite and colored pencil on paper
Walt Disney Animation Research Library Collection © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Dreams Come True comes as an Australian exclusive, direct from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library archives, exhibiting over 80 years of Disney animation. Showcasing the inception of Disney films in the early 1930’s; animated features inspired by traditional tales by Hans Christian Andersen or The Brothers Grimm, which at that time proved a successful rival to live action and theatre productions in the new and unique animated form of celluloid productions.

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Disney Studio Artist / Cinderella, 1950 / Cinderella Losing Her Glass Slipper
Reproduction cel setup: acrylic on cellulose acetate, print on paper
Walt Disney Animation Research Library Collection © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

The exhibition provides a unique and exclusive in-depth look at original art concepts and sketches, along with background and character designs introducing you to each early stage of creation and idea conception. Hundreds of artworks are spectacularly exhibited, allowing you to go behind-the-scenes and marvel at the skill of influential Disney artists such as Glen Keane, Eyvind Earle, Kay Nielsen, Mary Blair, and Australian Ken O’Connor.

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Merry Clingen and James Baxter / Beauty and the Beast, 1991 / Belle and Beast Dancing
Cleanup animation drawing: graphite and colored pencil on paper
Walt Disney Animation Research Library Collection © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Disney’s memorable and ever-lasting moments in various films are projected throughout, reminiscing the elegant romance in Beauty and the Beast or familiar tunes in The Little Mermaid; a winner of two Academy Awards, one for Best Original Score respectfully.

Dreams Come True takes you back to favourite classics, rekindling past times for the ageless and sparking imaginations for kinders alike. A must to visit.

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales
Date: 18 November, 2010 – 26 April, 2011
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Place: Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Address: Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia
Tel: +61 (03) 8663 2200
http://www.acmi.net.au

Text: Joanna Kawecki

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