Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Bambi, Pinocchio and the 101 Dalmations… The naïve creations of Disney may seem a world away compared to today’s computer-generated, high-tech animations, but a new Paris exhibition aims to shine a light on their artistry and modernism.
Premiering at the city’s Art Ludique-Le Musée, The Art of Walt Disney Animation Studios: Movement by Nature includes over 350 hand-picked pieces, curated in association with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. From the first Disney animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to recent global hit Frozen (2013), the retrospective examines the draughtsmen and drawing talent behind the company’s charismatic animals and characters, showing how they were based on real-life natural studies observing deer, dogs and other moving creatures.
Disney’s changing styles also reflected key artistic movements, with Surrealism, Cubism, abstract and avant-garde art all influencing animations. The exhibition charts these evolutions, as well as the revolutionary in-house technology driving Disney’s success, from synchronised sound to multiplane cameras and computer-generated backgrounds.
Although the title might suggest this is an exhibition for children, the way it reexamines Disney’s at-times radical animation makes this a playful visual and nostalgic treat for adults too. Set in a contemporary building in the city’s Seine-side Les Docks area, the museum also has a permanent collection of comics, manga, video games, animation and live-action cinema to inspire your imagination…
Until 5 Mar, 2017.
Art Ludique / Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design / 34 Quai d'Austerlitz, 13th / +33 1 45 70 09 49 / 11am-7pm Mon, Wed & Fri, 11am-10pm Thu, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun / artludique.com