Brisbane is flooded, Melbourne and Sydney swelter under a blanket of humidity rarely seen this far south of the equator, and all-in-all the ongoing cloud cover make it a tough old Summer to try and enjoy the outdoors. It'd be fair to say we all need a bit of a pick-me-up that takes us indoors and transports us somewhere nothing short of magical.
Running until late April at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, this charming exhibition curated by Lella Smith, is enough to melt the coldest of hearts and put a skip in your step. Throwing a spotlight on the progression in technique from hand-painted nitrate cels, through to the wonder that computer modeling has afforded the amazing, pain-staking art-form of animation of much loved Fairy Tales.
Drawing on the extraordinarily rich archives at the Disney Animation Research Library visitors can trace the classic stories from their traditional European roots through the Disney animation process and onto the silver screen. A unique opportunity to witness the original concept art, story sketches, animation drawings, maquettes and final frame cels from some of the most well known, timeless films ever produced.
Spanning the artistic and commercial success of the first ever feature length animated film: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) through to the digitally recreated and re-imagined tale of "Rapunzel" into 2010's Disney release: "Tangled", the wonderment here is seeing the processes unveiled as well as absorbing the breath-taking art work that informs the character and scene design (often years after initially conceptualised). It was Danish Artist Kay Nielsen's original concept work in the 1950's that was eventually developed into the Academy Award winning "Little Mermaid", some forty years later.
Pop in before it's gone!