The magic of Disney is coming to Queensland Museum

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Exhibitions takes visitors behind-the-scenes of classic animated films.

A drawing from Disneys Encanto at Qld Museum exhibition
From Fantasia to Encanto, every great animated movie starts with an artist’s brushstroke.

Walt Disney Animation Research Library is bringing an amazing selection of artwork from their extensive catalogue to Queensland Museum for the Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibition.

The exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of favourite animated films with more than 500 artworks including paintings, sketches, drawings 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 hit, Encanto (2021).

Visitors can take a step inside some timeless scenes from their favourite movies and discover how animators use colour to express emotions, and the technical skills of crafting character and storytelling.

Discover how Walt Disney animated films come to life through the hands of hundreds of Disney artists and specialists.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said Disney: The Magic of Animation showcased treasured animations from one of the world’s most renowned and creative studios.

“Queensland Museum is set to become the happiest place in Brisbane when this marvellous, magical event opens in June,” Ms Enoch said.

“Featuring original sketches with rare and unique artworks dating back to 1928, Disney: The Magic of Animation offers a glimpse behind the scenes of these much-loved animated movies and promises to be a family favourite.

“As we celebrate the Queensland Museum Network’s 160 years, this exceptional exhibition charts the Walt Disney Animation Studio's process of creating on-screen magic and sharing timeless stories for nearly a century.”

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the exhibition would be Queensland Museum’s blockbuster drawcard for 2022.

“We are delighted to welcome an iconic and well-known brand such as Disney to our museum this winter and we believe Queensland residents will excitedly anticipate taking a step behind the scenes to see how their favourite animated characters have been brought to life in this exhibition,” Dr Thompson said.

“We have the pixie dust ready and we are elated to bring the creativity, magic and innovation of Disney Animation to our audiences in June 2022.

“From classics such as Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio and the first Disney princess Snow White right up to recent releases such as Frozen, Moana and Encanto, this is a must-visit exhibition for Disney fans.”

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens on 24 June 2022 at Queensland Museum, South Bank. Join the waitlist on the Queensland Museum website to be notified when tickets go on sale.

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