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A rare behind-the-scenes peek at the origins of Disney’s stories

Hong Kong Disneyland Launches “Art of Animation” to Inspire Imagination

eTN  Sep 02, 2008

Parents and children can now embark on a stimulating artistic journey through the world of Disney animation, as Hong Kong Disneyland presents the “Art of Animation” set to inspire creativity in Guests of all ages.

Celebrating the classic Disney and Pixar stories and characters that have delighted children and adults alike, Guests will gain a better understanding of Disney animation, from past to present – from the creation of the beloved Mickey Mouse to The Incredibles.

Guests’ fantastic voyage will culminate in the form of a colorful life size Zoetrope, which
demonstrates the fundamentals of animation in an innovative and whimsical way. The first of
its kind in Hong Kong, the Zoetrope is set to bring exhilarating and electrifying experiences to Guests.

“The Walt Disney Company possesses the flawless ability to tell classic and moving stories that have inspired creativity in generations of children,” said Maple Lee, Vice President, Marketing, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. “The ‘Art of Animation’ is at its core, the history of animation within the company, and how we have taken from sketches and artwork, to combine all of these elements to create great characters, stories, movies and entertainment offerings.”

Featuring characters from “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2”, the Zoetrope which is situated inside the new attraction, is a simple mechanism that creates the illusion of movement by
presenting a continuously changing series of images – actual 3-D figures – on a spinning
disk. Through a flashing strobe light a sense of motion is created as the figures spin around.

Maple Lee added, “Watching the Zoetrope in action is a mind-blowing experience, as the Toy
Story characters come to life right before your very eyes. It is an entertaining demonstration of what Walt Disney once described as, ‘Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.’”

The moment Guests enter the “Art of Animation”, they will be surrounded by conceptual
artwork from the late 1920s to the present. Guests will be able to further their knowledge of how animation is created at Disney, which is the basis for many of the attractions and
entertainment offerings at Disney theme parks around the world.

The “Art of Animation” is filled with maquettes, storyboards and background paintings of
Disney Characters. The attraction is divided into Mickey and Friends; the Golden Age of
Animation featuring films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty;
the Renaissance of Disney Animation featuring films such as The Little Mermaid and
Aladdin; and the Next Generation featuring films such as Toy Story and Ratatouille.

The “Art of Animation” is located beside “Animation Academy” in Town Square and is open
during regular Park hours. The combination of the all-new “Art of Animation” and “Animation
Academy” offers a unique corner in which young Guests can step into the enchanted world of
animation; from learning the fundamentals of animation to a step by step tutorial on drawing beloved Disney Characters.

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About Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers immersive, unique Disney experiences for all families,
generations and ages to enjoy. Hong Kong is one of only five locations in the world that is
home to a Disney themed park and the many Disney characters that are beloved the world
over, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Stitch, Buzz Lightyear and many others. The Resort opened in
September 2005 and since then, has received over 10 million Guests from all over the world.
Through the unique product offering and the world-class service provided by the 5000-strong
Cast at the theme park and the two hotels, the Resort has received outstanding Guest
satisfaction ratings and a range of awards from the hospitality and entertainment sectors.
Hong Kong Disneyland is dedicated to serving Hong Kong people through a wide spectrum
of community services programs from helping those in need to encouraging the protection of
the environment in the region. Visit us or click on to for more

Hong Kong Disneyland Launches “Art of Animation” to Inspire Imagination

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