Special Exhibition “The Art of Disney - The Magic of Animation”

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《Steamboat Willie》(1928)
©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Approximately 500 pieces of artwork will be on display in Japan to reveal the nearly 90 years of Disney's animation history from Steamboat Willie (1928), the world's first feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Dumbo (1941) and other classics, to Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016) and the latest Moana (2016). The exhibition will feature original drawings, paintings, sketches, concept art and more behind the scene materials.

The exhibition concept is "the magic of animation" (the moment when life is given). Disney animation has created various "magic" or "techniques" to give life to their characters from making full use of imagination to incorporating each era's latest technology. Just like Pinocchio, who through magical enchantment came to life, we will reveal some of the many techniques used to bring beloved Disney characters to life.

This exhibition will be a unique occasion to experience the of magic of Disney animation, and delve into the world of talented artists and productions teams behind the films; how they create characters that are realistic, relatable and endearing. The majority of the artworks in the exhibition have never been seen before in Japan. This is a rare opportunity to peak behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios - the use of imagination and technological innovation will surely enthrall both children and adults.


A Special Exhibition "The Art of Disney - The Magic of Animation"
April 8 (Sat), 2017 - September 24 (Sun), 2017
Special Exhibition Zone 1F, Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
Every Tuesday except May2, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29
Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), Nippon Television Network Corporation, The Yomiuri Shimbun, WOWOW INC
Special Cooperation
The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.
Presented by
The Walt Disney Animation Research Library

Special Exhibition