Throwing open the doors on 30 October – in line with the easing of restrictions in Victoria – ACMI welcomes back visitors, and delights lovers of the moving image across the country by announcing the extension of its current Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Disney: The Magic of Animation, until 23 January 2022.
Celebrating nearly 100 years of Disney’s most iconic animations, the internationally acclaimed exhibition was originally scheduled to close on 17 October. As many missed out on visiting during Melbourne’s lockdown, ACMI and the Walt Disney Animation Research Library worked together to ensure the exhibition’s 500 original artworks from the 1920s to the present day would be able to remain in Victoria for a few months longer.
Over the course of the summer, ACMI will also present a variety of Disney themed events, bringing visitors of all ages together to augment and enrich their exhibition experience.
ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM said: “We’re thrilled to welcome visitors back to our national museum of screen culture – and what a way to celebrate. It was magical seeing fans of all ages get lost in the wonderful world of Disney during the exhibition’s opening weeks. We’re excited to extend the opportunity to experience these enchanting artworks from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library and hope they bring people joy as the city reanimates after a challenging few months.”
A special screening of Disney’s latest animated masterpiece, Encanto, followed by a live Q&A discussion with Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios Jennifer Lee – writer & director of the beloved Frozen films – will kick off the summer programming on 4 December. Hosted by Maria Lewis, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear directly from one of the top creative minds working in animation today.
Much-loved film soundtrack podcast Art of the Score, hosted by Andrew Pogson, Dan Golding and Nicholas Buc, will be presented live at ACMI on 18 December. Taking audiences on a deep dive into Disney’s iconic back catalogue, Art of the Score will explore, demystify and celebrate the enchanting music of Disney, offering an aural journey through the ages, reliving their favourite songs along the way.
Hit those high notes with some of Disney’s most memorable (and magical) musicals in a series of Princess Sing-alongs from 13-15 January. Costumes and vocal cords at the ready, fans of The Little Mermaid, Moana, Frozen and Frozen 2 will be transported to faraway lands with these immersive and interactive screenings.
Taking school holiday activities to the next level, ACMI’s free Make It Together sessions provide entertainment for everyone. From bringing drawings to life as you discover the secret to the art of cel animation on 8-9 January, to crafting wearable Mickey ears on 15-16 January, the magic of Disney will inspire and incite creativity in all ages.
Ensuring the much-loved exhibition is accessible to all, ACMI introduces relaxed visits on 8 and 15 January. Suited for visitors with ASD, sensory sensitivities or anyone who would benefit from a quieter and less busy setting, the relaxed visits give everyone a chance to enjoy the artworks in an environment that suits them.
In welcome news for those who enjoy visiting after hours, the museum will extend its opening hours with the exhibition remaining open until 9.30pm on the final three nights of the season, from 20-22 January.