D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the traveling exhibition Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Museum of Science & Industry (MSI). Walgreens is sponsoring the exhibition at MSI, which is on display from Wednesday, October 16, 2013 to Sunday, May 4, 2014. The exhibition opened on the 90th anniversary of the foundation of The Walt Disney Company.
The time and place of the exhibition were well-chosen. Walter Elias Disney (1901-1966) and his elder brother, Roy O. Disney (1893-1971), were favorite sons of Chicago. Together, they founded The Walt Disney Company as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio on October 16, 1923.
The exhibition includes 300 artifacts and artworks ranging from W.E. Disney’s baptismal certificate to an eleven-foot-long model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). These take the form of drawings, costumes, props, and models from Walt Disney animated films, theme park attractions, TV shows, and live action films. Some of these items had rarely been seen by the public, such as re-Mickey Mouse cartoon clips.
The exhibition covers both animated and live action feature films, including Snow White (1937), Cinderella (1950), Sleeping Beauty (1959), The Little Mermaid (1989), Mary Poppins (1964), The Rocketeer (1991), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). The exhibition also includes Oscars® the studio earned for two short films, Bear Country (1953) and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968).
According to MSI, “A special celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Mary Poppins presents interview clips and rare behind-the-scenes photos. You’ll also visit the world behind the magic through recreations of a working animator’s desk and Walt Disney's own Burbank office. Then you can try your hand at creating movie magic of your own: recording sound effects, exploring Disney's revolutionary multiplane film camera, or learning to draw some of your favorite Disney characters.”
“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creativity and innovation that has defined Disney for 90 years,” stated Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “We’re proud of this heritage, and we are very pleased to share this rare glimpse into our rich history with Chicago’s world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry.”
According to D23, “In addition to myriad fascinating artifacts that are sure to stir childhood memories and be familiar icons to many, the exhibition will feature hands-on, interactive stations that will bring Disney technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can explore the technology behind the 53 animated Disney feature films and even learn the steps to drawing some favorite Disney characters in the ‘Animation Academy.’”
“Through this exhibit we’re pleased to showcase Walt Disney as both a master storyteller and innovator whose creative legacy continues to inspire people of all ages,” stated David Mosena, President and CEO of MSI. “Guests will be immersed in Walt Disney’s ‘can do’ spirit, optimistic outlook and never-ending curiosity that propelled him through his impressive career. This spirit continues to be the creative inspiration behind many of the incredible experiences created by Disney today.”
This exhibit is not included in Museum Entry and will require an additional timed-entry ticket, which is $9 for adults and seniors and $7 for children ages three-to-eleven. One can purchase tickets online at www.msichicago.org.
Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased as part of the Explorer 1, 2 or 3 packages. MSI members can purchase exhibit tickets for $4.50 per guest. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry.