Once upon a time, a little animated mouse on a steamboat stole the hearts of many, and now almost one hundred years later, that mouse is the face of one of the biggest and most-loved animation studios in the world. From humble beginnings, Disney has become synonymous with magic, childhood and all things animation. And now for the first time, the Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibition is travelling south of the equator and coming exclusively to ACMI in Melbourne.
Celebrating almost 100 years of Disney animation, the exhibition will feature over 500 original drawings and artworks from the extensive Disney archives—they’ve got over 65 million pieces in there. You’ll see classic drawings from the early days with Fantasia, Steamboat Willie and Bambi through to more modern classics like Frozen, Moana and the newly released Raya and the Last Dragon.
ACMI will take you through the animation process and show you how your favourite characters are brought to life—from original pen and paper techniques to modern-day digital animation. You’ll see paintings, sketches and concept artworks that have been selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 13 May and will be running until Sunday 17 October. Get your tickets quick sticks because we all know how popular this one’s going to be. We’ll see you there.
In the meantime, get your Disney-Pixar fix at Pixar Putt in Fed Square.