London exhibition celebrates 100 years of Disney. On Friday, a brand-new exhibition honoring Disney’s beautiful world for one hundred years opens in London. It has everything from the early designs of Mickey Mouse to Cinderella’s glass slipper.
A variety of artwork, costumes, and props from classic animated films like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “The Jungle Book” as well as more contemporary live-action works like “Cruella” and “Beauty and the Beast” have been chosen by the Walt Disney Archives.
“Disney 100: The Exhibition” has more than 250 objects and starts with an introduction to animator and producer Walt Disney and his character, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, who is said to have been a prototype for Mickey Mouse.
Visitors may view various items throughout the exhibit’s ten galleries, from the carousel horse Dick van Dyke used in “Mary Poppins” to production replicas of Lumiere and Cogsworth from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake.
Additionally included are interactive stations, drawings, and memorabilia from Marvel, Pixar, and the “Star Wars” movies under the Disney umbrella.
At a press preview of the exhibition on Thursday, animator and director Eric Goldberg told Reuters that “the majority of people’s first cinematic experience is typically a Disney movie and that connects us all in, in a huge, huge way.”
“These characters can remain true and universal for decades,” said Goldberg, who worked on several Disney characters, beginning with the Genie in the 1992 animated film “Aladdin.”
Bret Iwan, who has been Mickey Mouse’s voice actor since 2009, does not perceive a danger from artificial intelligence. “Mickey requires such a warmth that I haven’t really taken the time to be bothered by it,” he stated.
The Walt Disney Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary, which is said to have occurred on October 16, 1923, when Walt and his brother Roy signed a deal with New York cartoon distributor Margaret Winkler. A similar show, which will debut in Chicago next month, is now running at London’s ExCel.