Monday, October 04, 2021

Academy Museum Charter Member Preview, Part 3

One week ago, on September 27, I attended a Charter Member Preview at the Academy Museum. The museum formally opened to the public a few days later, on September 30th.

In Part 1 of my coverage I shared an overview of the museum along with a look at the NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) exhibit.

Part 2 focused on costumes and other memorabilia on display in the museum.

In this third and final post I'll be sharing some of the things on display in the museum's large animation exhibit.

This exhibit is separate from the temporary Hayao Miyazaki animation exhibit on the museum's top floor. Unlike the rest of the museum, photography was not allowed in the Miyazaki exhibit.

There was an impressive collection of early Warner Bros. animation art.

Click on any photo to enlarge it for a closer look.

Also on display was an animator's desk designed by Kem Weber which was used by one of Disney's famed "Nine Old Men," Frank Thomas.

Some of Thomas's original drawings for SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937):

A demonstration of how Disney's multiplane camera was used for PINOCCHIO (1940):

Examples of the design styles of Tyrus Wong for BAMBI (1942)...

...and Eyvind Earle for SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959):

I loved the concept art for FROZEN (2013):

A close-up of my favorite piece of FROZEN concept art:

Original designs for Pixar/Disney's TOY STORY (1995)

The hallway outside the Hayao Miyazaki exhibit. Entering the exhibit, one travels through a grassy area such as the children explored in MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988). In addition to numerous screens playing samples of Miyazaki's work, models and original artwork are on display.

Prospective visitors to the Academy Museum should be aware that the Petersen Automotive Museum is directly across the street; the Petersen Museum's parking lot is perhaps the most convenient place to park for the Academy Museum, which does not have its own lot.

I wrote about the Petersen Museum at the time of my 2016 visit. I recommend visiting both museums, with a lunch break in between. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is also nearby.

For those not paywall blocked, the Los Angeles Times has a page with extensive links to all its Academy Museum coverage.

Additional articles on the opening may be found at The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, and Gizmodo.


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