Australia’s ACMI Features Almost 100 Years Of Disney Animation
Disney Fans: Are you in Australia? Heading to Melbourne? Check out this upcoming exhibit!
“It all started with a mouse…” It was Walt Disney’s admonition that The Walt Disney Company began as an animation studio.
And, generally, the subject of animation is fascinating for Disney fans.
Well, if you happen to be in Australia (or heading to Melbourne) and you love Disney animation, be prepared to spend some time at ACMI.
This exhibition features over 500 exceptional artworks including original paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles, California. These rarely seen works reveal the development of beloved stories and animation techniques from your favourite Walt Disney Animation Studios films and shorts, including Mickey Mouse’s first talkie, Steamboat Willie (1928), films such as Fantasia (1940), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Frozen (2013), Moana (2016), Frozen 2 (2019) and the studio’s latest release, Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).”
Learn About Disney Animation At Home
However, even if you cannot travel internationally, you can enjoy much of the exhibition online.
- Zootopia: illustrating humanity through animals
- The Disney Princess who saved the prince and the studio
- Animating Mickey Mouse
- Character design in Frozen 2
- Connecting characters: testing friendship in Ralph Breaks the Internet
- How Bambi changed Disney’s animation
- Animating unconventional characters in Moana
- Walt Disney and the lasting legacy of The Jungle Book
Those who can visit ACMI will find five sections of the exhibition: The 1920s, the 1930s and 1940s, the post-war years, the Disney Renaissance and digital revolution, and today’s advances.
Meanwhile, while you wait for your flight to the Southern Hemisphere, check out the video preview of the show.
Disney: The Magic of Animation | Exhibition now open at ACMI 13 May – 17 Oct
Be inspired by the incredible artistry behind your favorite characters and discover how drawings are brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders.
Are you in Australia? Will you head to this show? If you do, let us know!
Feature Image: ACMI/Disney