Uncover the magic behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ most beloved animated movies at Disney: Magic of Animation, opening at ArtScience Museum on 26 October 2019.

The exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to experience over 90 magical years of Disney animation. One of the highlights of the show is the debut of original artworks from the highly-anticipated film, Frozen 2.

From Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Disney cartoon with a synchronised soundtrack, classic films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and The Lion King (1994), to blockbusters such as Frozen (2013), Zootopia (2016) and Moana (2016), the exhibition pays homage to the artistry and technological innovation that have brought Disney’s world-renowned characters to life.

Shown in Southeast Asia for the first time, this landmark exhibition features over 500 exceptional art pieces, including original drawings, paintings, sketches and concept art curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. In keeping with ArtScience Museum’s ethos of presenting captivating interactive exhibitions, the show also includes projections, audio-visual displays, alluring exhibits that transport visitors into the world of Disney’s films, and hands-on educational activities.

The Disney: Magic of Animation Experience

Presented in five chapters, the exhibition begins with “Creating Believable Characters: Bringing Drawings to Life” which reveals how early Disney animators pioneered new animation techniques. Visitors will see how the characters we have grown to love start as two-dimensional illustrations and learn the ways that animators used innovative techniques to portray movements naturally.

This section features original story sketches and animation drawings from some of the earliest Disney films. This gallery also includes a physical recreation of the iconic steamboat from Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Disney cartoon to have sound synchronised with the animation on the screen.

Bold technological innovations allowed Disney animators in the 1930s to explore and apply new artistic principles to capture nuances of people and animals’ movements and idiosyncrasies more accurately.

First Gallery: First animated films produced in Technicolor

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Fantasia (1940)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • Bambi (1942)

Second gallery: The Magic Begins: Continual Research and Development

A series of concept artworks, sketches, the display of the revolutionary technological tool, developed at Disney Animation, and the multiplane camera.

Third gallery: Background paintings and concept art from films

  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

This chapter also charts the scientific advances that Disney have become known for, highlighting some of the new production technologies developed by the studio, enabled by advances in global communications in the 1940s to 1950s.

Fourth Gallery: Towards New Dimensions: Digital Advances, Musical Seas

With the advancement of computer graphics technologies, coupled with the involvement of leading Broadway songwriters, Disney’s films began to move beyond the world of animation to explore new musical possibilities, evoking powerful emotions among its audience.

The fourth exhibition chapter showcases artworks from the striking films, and their memorable soundtracks, of this era including:

  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Pocahontas (1995)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • Tarzan (1999)

Fifth Gallery: Bringing People Together: Social Diversity, Messages for Our Global Future

The final section of the exhibition conveys impactful messages that build on social values, such as the importance of family bonds, cultural diversity and respect for nature. This gallery includes recent animated titles:

  • Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Moana (2016)

Disney: Magic of Animation will run from 26 October 2019 till 29 March 2020. Standard Chartered Bank is the Official Card for Disney: Magic of Animation exhibition.

Ticket prices as follows:

Tickets are available for purchase from 1 October 2019 at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and website. Terms and Conditions apply. For more information, please visit here.