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The Disney Magic Comes to Oklahoma

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Do you love Disney?  If you’re like me, some of your earliest childhood memories include watching Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, and Dumbo.  If you’ve got kids, you’ve probably introduced them to Belle, Mulan, and, of course, Mickey Mouse.  Disney fans of all ages will love the Disney exhibit currently being displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Entitled “A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios,” this exhibit is made up of over 80 animation cels.  The cels come from the private collection of Janis and Domer “Jay” Scaramucci.  It opened March 3 and will be on display through September 16.

The exhibit features cels from almost all of Disney’s popular films (the one major exception being Beauty and the Beast) and from many of their short films.  Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Ariel, and many others appear, of course, but so do some characters from less popular films like Robin Hood and The Sword in the Stone.  In the middle of the exhibit, the museum has set up a digital animation station.  Children can create their own drawings and original animation via iPod Touch.

In addition to the cel exhibit, the museum has a whole summer of Disney-related programs, including screenings of many different animated films.  Here’s a schedule of their planned events.  All events are held at the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium in Norman.

April 14: Screening of Robin Hood.

April 17: A multimedia presentation on the trend of Disney Re-Mixes.  IT will look at how the Internet has modified, re-mixed, and transformed Disney images and videos into new online trends.

On April 19, they will hold a symposium on “Producing Success: An Interdisciplinary Look at the Functions of an Entertainment Enterprise.”  It will feature guest speakers and panels that take an in-depth look at what it’s like to run a major entertainment enterprise like Disney.

The May 4 lecture will center on Mickey Mouse and his impact on art and film.

May 19: screening of Beauty and the Beast.

May 25: screening of Walt and El Grupo, a documentary outlining Walt Disney’s trip to Latin America.

June 9: screening of The Lion King.

Many of these events are free, and visiting the Museum itself is very low cost.  Adults get in for $5, while children under 17 are $3.  The Fred Jones Museum is closed on Monday but is open 10 a.m to 5 p.m most other days (open until 9 p.m. on Fridays).  This exhibit looks really cool, and I plan on checking it out and attending some of their events.  If you love Disney, I think you’ll really like this.  For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Other blogs that talk about the Disney cel exhibition:

BAM’s Blog has a short article on the exhibit.

The Metro Family blog also mentions the exhibit.

The OU Daily also has a nice article about the animation cels.

Finally, after visiting the Fred Jones Museum, you might want to check out the nearby Sam Noble Museum.  Their blog has a lot of information about the various exhibits.

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