Disney: The Magic of Animation

Direct from Walt Disney Animation Studios, explore hundreds of exceptional artworks including original paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles, California.

These rarely seen works reveal the incredible artistry behind your favourite characters and how Disney brings them to life from pencil and paper to today’s innovative technology wonders. 

Young and old will be enchanted by the magic behind some of the world’s most beloved characters created over the last century by Walt Disney Animation Studios films and shorts, including Mickey Mouse’s first talkie, Steamboat Willie (1928), films such as Fantasia (1940), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Frozen (2013), Moana (2016), Frozen 2 (2019), and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021), the studio’s latest release Encanto (2021) and a sneak preview of an upcoming Disney Animation release.

Queensland Museum Network would like to acknowledge ACMI, the national museum of screen culture, for their generous assistance in helping support this exhibition. The exhibition’s design at both ACMI and Queensland Museum was undertaken by Anita Gigi Budai. 

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