After presenting the record-breaking Art of Tim Burton exhibition this past Winter (over 200,000 visitors during its four month run), ACMI is quickly making a name for itself as a world-class multimedia exhibition space and with their latest coup, Dreams Come True, which will run strictly for six months from November 18, 2010 to April 26, 2011, ACMI is certainly going to be the destination for the young and the young at heart this festive season.
Dreams Come True also coincides with the theatrical release of Tangled (2010), a CGI animated comedy/musical, based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale Rapunzel (Tangled will be released in the USA on November 24, 2010, the Australian release date is January 6, 2011). Tangled marks a significant era for Disney Animation Studios as it is remarkably their 50th animated feature-length film and most recently Disney Animation Studios received much critical acclaim (84% on Rotten Tomatoes) for their return to timeless traditional classic animation with The Princess and the Frog (2009), which also presented Disney's first African-American Disney Princess.
Tangled, as mentioned is a CGI animated feature film, which will also have a 3D theatrical release, yet the animation style according to Glen Keane, a renowned veteran Disney animator and former director of Tangled (Keane remained on the production as executive producer and animating director), was to recall the design and detail of The Swing (1767) by French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard and simultaneously embrace the technological advantages of the progressive world of CGI animation and the old world of traditional hand drawn animation, as Keane believes "there are principles of drawing and design that can be applied to CG animation (Desowitz, Bill. "Chicken Little & Beyond: Disney Rediscovers It's Legacy Through 3D Animation." Animation World Network. November 4, 2005)
With the release of Tangled, which stands between 'classic' Disney animation and the new world of blockbuster feature film animation from animation studios such as DreamWorks Animation (Shrek (2001), Madagascar (2005), Kung Fu Panda (2008)), Fox Animation Studio (Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)), Marvel Animation, Pixar Animation Studios (acquired by Disney in 2006), Sony Pictures Animations Studios (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)), Studio Ghibli and Warner Bros Feature Animation (The Iron Giant (1999)), Dreams Come True will provide a wonderful and rich overview of the humble beginnings of Disney Animations Studios and their immense influence on 20th Century entertainment and art (even the anarchic Family Guy did a wonderful musical tribute) since 1937 – with their first feature-length Technicolour release, the ground-breaking Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
Dreams Come True reveals more than 70 years of the often hidden and meticulous animation process – displaying hundreds of pieces of early research and conceptual art, character designs, maquettes, layouts, backgrounds, paintings, production cels, test animation footage and even rare collectables, from classic fairytale feature film productions such as Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991), proudly presented and organised by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.
ACMI are also presenting a series of special events to coincide with the exhibition; some highlights include a Masterclass with Glen Keane and the producer of Tangled Rob Conli on November 19 2010 at 2pm. Tickets are currently on sale, see the website for full details. Producer Rob Conli is also participating in the regular Castaway event on November 18 at 7pm. Tickets are currently on sale, see the website for full details. Lella Smith, Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library and curator of Dreams Come True is presenting two free lectures, the first is on November 20 at 2pm ( 'The Story of Dreams Come True') and the second on November 21 at 2pm ('The Walt Disney Research Library'). There is also a regular workshop for children entitled 'The Enchanted Party'.