Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Walt Disney Family Museum Presenting ‘Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja’

Dynamic exhibition running March 23 to October 4, 2017 features animator behind memorable Disney villains Jafar and Scar.

The villain Jafar from Disney’s ‘Aladdin.’

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Walt Disney Family Musuem is pleased to introduces an original exhibition of works from one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators working today, Andreas Deja. On view from March 23 to October 4, 2017, Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja will showcase original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic Disney characters, from menacing villains such as Scar and Jafar to larger- than-life muscle men like Gaston and Hercules, and the much beloved Mama Odie and Lilo Pelekai.
In addition to his work for The Walt Disney Studios, Deja is known for independent projects, including his upcoming short film, Mushka. The film -- featuring a young girl and her tiger in “a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia” -- is animated in a colored pencil style. Art from Mushka is showcased in this new exhibition, along with Deja’s Disney application portfolio and wire-frame sculptures.
In 1967, when Deja was 13 years old and living in Germany, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book inspired him to become an animator for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. He wrote the company a now well-known letter to inquire about the application process, and he began to realize the dedication and skill it would take to get there.
“The day I received a letter back from Walt Disney Productions expressing the necessity to become a master in the mechanics of drawing, it lit a fire in me to truly become an outstanding animator,” said Deja. “After years of art school and dedicating my personal time to studying animal anatomy and behavior, I was accepted into the animation training program at The Walt Disney Studios in August 1980 and didn’t look back once.”
Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum and is being presented in the Theater Gallery from March 23 to October 4, 2017.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
The Presidio of San Francisco
104 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94129

Tickets: General admission: $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, and $15 youth ages 6 to 17. Museum admission is free for members and children 5 and under.
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Scar model sheet, Andreas Deja, ‘The Lion King’ (1994); courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, ©Disney.

Gaston model sheet, Andreas Deja, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991), Courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Library, ©Disney

Jafar model sheet, Andreas Deja, ‘Aladdin’ (1992); courtesy of Andreas Deja, ©Disney.

Jafar maquette, ‘Aladdin’ (1992); courtesy of Andreas Deja, ©Disney.

Experimental animation drawing, Andreas Deja, ‘The Princess and the Frog’ (2009); courtesy of Andreas Deja, ©Disney

Visual development drawing, Mushka (2017), Andreas Deja; courtesy of Andreas Deja.

Visual development sketch, Andreas Deja, Mushka (2017); courtesy of Andreas Deja

Visual development sketch, Andreas Deja, Mushka (2017); courtesy of Andreas Deja.

Visual development sketch, Andreas Deja, Mushka (2017); courtesy of Andreas Deja.

Drawing, Andreas Deja; courtesy of Andreas Deja.

Drawing, Andreas Deja; courtesy of Andreas Deja.

Drawing, Andreas Deja; courtesy of Andreas Deja

Merlin steel wire sculpture, Andreas Deja; courtesy of Andreas Deja.
Source: The Walt Disney Family Museum & awn

First Look: Disney Unveils Sneak Peek at New ‘DuckTales’ Series

Disney XD orders second season of Disney Television Animation-produced series ahead of its summer premiere.


DUCKBURG -- Disney XD has ordered a second season of the all-new animated comedy series DuckTales ahead of its highly anticipated summer premiere. Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, the Disney Television Animation-produced series stars David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as the voices of Huey, Dewey and Louie, respectively; Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack; Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack and Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley.
Here’s a 90-second first look of the series, which was released on Thursday on the Disney XD YouTube page:

Annie Award-nominee Matt Youngberg (Ben 10: Omniverse) serves as executive producer of DuckTales, with Francisco Angones (Disney XD’s Emmy Award-nominated Wander Over Yonder) as story editor and co-producer, and Sean Jimenez (Disney XD’s Annie Award-winning Gravity Falls) as art director.
“Fans around the world are eager and we’re looking forward to introducing viewers to the all-new DuckTales,” said Disney XD SVP, Programming and General Manager Marc Buhaj in making the announcement. “This early season two order is a testament to the quality work the creative team, led by Matt and Frank, and the cast are delivering.”
The new family comedy-adventure series will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, the temperamental Donald Duck and their trusty team, Webby Vanderquack, Launchpad McQuack and Mrs. Beakley, embark on high-flying adventures around the world.
In December, a video of the cast singing a rendition of the original DuckTales theme song was the #1 video on YouTube and trended on social media, with over eight million views across YouTube and Facebook to date.


Source: Disney XD & awn