Oct 24, 2019

Take a Sneak Peek at 'Frozen 2' & other insights into the Magic behind Disney cartoons

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There's a brand new exhibition in town which allows visitors to uncover all the magic behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ most beloved animated movies from Snow White and Bambi to Zootopia and Moana. 

Oh and yes, a little exclusive sneak peek at original artworks from the highly-anticipated film, Frozen 2 - artworks that have not been released yet.

Titled 'Disney: Magic of Animation', the exhibtion opens at ArtScience Museum on 26 October 2019 and lasts all the way until 29 March 2020. And the ArtScience Museum is perhaps the most ideal place to stage it because it is where art, science, culture and technology come together... something which is similar to the art of animation where hand-drawn artworks used to be what defined Disney animation movies from the 1920s and gradually progressed to the digital animation that we are familiar today.

Shown in Southeast Asia for the first time, the exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to experience over 90 magical years of Disney animation.

And it all began with Steamboat Willie starring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

This section features original story sketches and animation drawings from some of the earliest Disney films. This gallery also includes a physical recreation of the iconic steamboat from Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Disney cartoon to have sound synchronised with the animation on screen.

The exhibition features over 500 exceptional art pieces, including original drawings, paintings, sketches and concept art curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Like this sketch of Mickey and Minnie.

Bold technological innovations then allowed Disney animators in the 1930s to explore and apply new artistic principles to capture nuances of human and animal movements and idiosyncrasies more accurately.

It's pretty fascinating to see what the initial concept artworks were for some of the most iconic Disney characters we have come to love... like the princess below.

Can you tell she is actually Snow White??? And here are some more of the initial impressions of the 7 Dwarves.

Other than just exhibits of sketches, the exhibition also has interactive elements to you know, keep the kids occupied.

Following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the world's first feature-length animated film in Technicolor, Disney Studios’ artists threw themselves into the creation of a number of remarkable films including Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942), amazing people all around the world with magical new animation techniques.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Disney animators started to develop numerous new production technologies as they sought to achieve even higher quality in their films.

This resulted in a bold and brilliant variety of artistic styles with background paintings and concept art from films including Lady and the Tramp (1955), Sleeping Beauty (1959) and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) that showcase the talents of artists who created diverse visual worlds.

Do you believe that the this is actually meant to be Sleeping Beauty???

The 1990s was where the Disney Renaissance began. This golden period of Disney animation saw the huge successes of  The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Mulan (1998) and Tarzan (1999).

My facve of the lot has to be this life-sized projection of Belle and the Beast dancing in the ballroom. Perfect for that IG boomerang shot.

Oh, this was how the initial concept artwork of the Beast. 😆

Another fave installation of mine is the sound booth, which lets you re-create sound effects like thunder, galloping horses and sword fighting for Mulan.

The final section of the exhibition conveys impactful messages that build on social values, such as the importance of family bonds, cultural diversity and respect for nature, which includes films like Tangled (2010), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014), Zootopia (2016) and Moana (2016).

Do keep a lookout for this actual model of Sugar Rush Mountain, which is made entirely out of actual cookies and other sweets!

Of course, the highlight of this section is the assortment of never-before-seen original artworks from the yet to be released Frozen 2.


The exhibition closes with a cool installation which offers a photo oppotunity to let it all go with Anna and Elsa... which is doused in fiery red Autumn colours, perhaps an indication of the theme of Frozen 2.

Final thoughts of the Disney: Magic of Animation exhibition? I'll be candid and say that the exhibition will probably be deemed boring to younger kids. Even though there are a few interactive exhibits, the primary aim of the exhibits is to showcase the thoughts, effort and processes that go into combining both the art and the science of animation into one - a filmmaking technique which Disney have pioneered and perfected for almost a century.

So if your kids have all along been fascinated by how animation is brought to life on the big screen, this is the exhibtion you must bring them to.

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Disney: Magic of Animation
26 October 2019 till 29 March 2020
10am to 7pm daily
ArtScience Museum

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