Developed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and DreamWorks Animation, the world premiere 'DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition' in Melbourne has received over 150,000 local and international visitors since it opened on 10 April 2014. This first ever large-scale international exhibition was part of the Victorian Government's Melbourne Masterpieces series for the Winter season.
ACMI became the home of DreamWorks Animation's favourite characters - Penguins Skipper and Private of 'Madagascar' waved and "spoke" to passers-by along Flinders Street while Toothless from 'How to Train Your Dragon' soared high above a 5.5 metre tall Melman peering through the window of the lightwell in ACMI.
This world-first behind the scenes celebration of 20 years of DreamWorks Animation provided a plethora of related activities every week from opening day. There were education programs for school kids that provided insights into the studio's approach to animation, different animation techniques used and the creative process adopted for the on-screen magic. Interviews were organised with the people responsible for bringing you the blockbusters like 'The Croods', 'Madagascar' and 'Kung Fu Panda'.
Character drawing classes allowed kids to use step-by-step tutorials designed especially by DreamWorks Animation to perfect the art of sketching their favourite animated characters. Families also enjoyed the series of FREE monthly events including family days with Vikings and Dragons, talks and movie screenings of DreamWorks Animation hits. Merchandise like the official DreamWorks Animation exhibition catalogue, 'The Art of DreamWorks Animation' and 'How to Train Your Dragon' Toothless dragon plush toys and figurines were also available for purchase.
Due to popular demand, ACMI has extended the season of this blockbuster exhibition by 3 additional weeks and tickets went on sale on 21 August. 'DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition' continues to take visitors on an experiential journey through the worlds, stories and characters created by the popular animation studio. You'll be amazed by over 400 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings, models, original artworks, interviews and interactive displays.
One of the exhibition favourites is the 'Dragon's-Eye View of Berk', the Viking township from 'How to Train Your Dragon'. This dragon flight animation offers a never-before-seen 180-degree view of Berk on the back of Toothless. There is also an interactive area where you can use a simplified version of DreamWorks' own software to create your own animations as well as to create your own short film which can be emailed and shared with your friends. To close the exhibition on a high note, Po the Panda and Alex the Lion will be making special guest appearances at ACMI on 18 October and 25 October.
Sadly, some good things do come to an end and DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will close on 26 October. This is your last chance to enjoy the extensive behind-the-scenes display of the artistry behind the studio's much loved animated films without making a trip to California. So do some serious booty shaking like King Julien of 'Madagascar' and you've got to "Move it, move it!".