Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio

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May 18 2016 - Jan 9 2017

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio. This never-before-seen exhibition created by the museum allows visitors to discover the artistic process and step behind the scenes to explore how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Walt Disney’s 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio.

Guest-curated by John Canemaker—an Academy Award®, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher, and author—this immersive exhibition invites the visitor to experience the production processes of the pre-digital era, providing a glimpse into how legendary animators worked and thought. Pinocchio inspired advances in character development and three-dimensional design, and the exhibition allows guests to enjoy the art created by the animators and designers of The Walt Disney Studios to create the stunning work featured in the film.

Featuring more than 300 objects, this unique, original exhibition takes a closer look at the settings, color, mood, character relationships, style, and costumes of this remarkable film, which has dazzled audiences for over 75 years.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Fantasy / Comic
  • animation

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