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See how Disney creations began
Don't miss out on seeing original artwork from the Disney archives during the final weeks of the Disney: The Magic of Animation Exhibition in Brisbane this summer.

At one part of our childhoods or maybe even adulthood, the magic of the Walt Disney created a world of handsome Princes and Princesses, colourful, joyful animated characters and the promise of endless happiness and imagination.

Names like Goofy, Pluto, Donald and of course, Mickey, are all synonymous with the Disney family of characters who have graced our entertainment experiences for over a century.

A piece of the Disney experience has come to Brisbane with Disney: The Magic of Animation - an exhibition that takes a behind the scenes look at the creative forces that imagine these much-loved characters and their unforgettable adventures.

The Collection
The US based exhibition, which is currently on show at the Queensland Museum contains over 600 original and exclusive artefacts of character creations and illustrated scenes of what would form the basis of animated Disney films. including pencil drawings and sketches produced by animators, concept art,
storyboards and digital paintings.

The exhibition starts at the very beginning of the Disney phenomenon and the early development of the film Steamboat Willie in 1928 which introduced audiences to the very mischievous - Mr Mickey Mouse. From here, films quickly followed and so did the array of wonderful characters with appearances by Pluto in 1930, Goofy in 1932 to Donald Duck in 1934. These characters, as we know, would go on to become lifetime and signature staples in the Disney family.

From here, the installations cover so very many drawings, early sketches and designs of the Disney classics - Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmations and many many more.

Along the way, the exhibition gives context and interesting facts about the making of the images. For example, did you know that over 300 artists worked for 6 years to create the film Sleeping Beauty or that Dumbo the elephant was produced through wars?

The exhibition takes us from the past to the modern-day classics of strong female characters like the South Pacific's Moana, a modern take on Rapunzel in Tangled, and of course, wouldn't be complete without the icy fable of the Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa.

What is it about Disney that continues to draw together the very young to the very old and all those in between? Is it the idea and yearning to find the happiest place on earth? Disney: The Magic of Animation reminds and reinforces this very notion. And perhaps it is this that makes the exhibition for everyone, not just the kids.

While the topics are enjoyed by kids, this exhibition is largely about the celebration of art and gives an unprecedented insight into the creative process, the power of imagination and the production of something lasting and meaningful. The artworks give a very real and up-close view of the detailing of the character sketches such as the luscious eyelashes on Dumbo and the freckles on the face of Frozen's Anna and Elsa - details which can easily be overlooked at a distance. There's even resin sculptures of Anna, Elsa and Olaf as their characters were forming.

I left appreciating that as film-makers and creators, Disney has enduring sustainability to reflect and stay relevant in modern society and adapt to changing circumstances and issues that we and our world find itself in.

Additional Activities and Events
Along with the main Exhibition, there are also special side events including:

Sensory Friendly Sessions

Encanto Sing Along on Sunday 27 November 2022.

Frozen Sing Along (Sold Out)

Mini Disney Discovery Friday 4, 11, 18 and 25 November 2022, 9:40am (sold out). 10.40am and 11.40am. Session duration is approximately 45 minutes.

Encanto School Holiday Program, where you can create your own Encanto inspired door from 12 to 16 December 2022.

What Else
The Queensland Museum is located at Grey Street Street South Brisbane in the Cultural Centre precinct. You can find the Exhibition on Level 3 of the Touring Exhibition Gallery. Bookings are available online where you can nominate your preferred timeslot. Tickets are Adult $28, Concessions $24, Junior $14, Family $74 and Companion and those Under 5 are free.

Ticket packages are available for small and large groups as well as Annual Passes if visiting once is just not enough.To secure your tickets, click here.

After seeing all of the pictures, the kids can draw a picture of their own at the Drawing Station at the end of the exhibition with paper and coloured pencils available to get sketching.

The exhibition concludes with a small gift shop where you can take home a memento from your time with Disney: The Magic of Animation. Here you will find plush toys (yes, of Minnie and Mickey), postcards, t-shirts Christmas ornaments, bags and more.

The exhibition is in its final weeks and runs until 22 January 2023. Don't miss out on seeing this wonderful event and experience a piece of the happiest place on earth.
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Why? See original artwork in the making of Disney
When: 9:40 - 4:00 pm
Where: Queensland Museum
Cost: Free - $74.00
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