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Published August 2, 2013

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be hosting the world premiere of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition in April 2014 as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. It will be a historic collaboration, celebrating 20 years of “friendly ogres and flying dragons.” It will go behind the scenes to look at the studio’s feature films and the artists who created them.

After its stint in Melbourne, it will go on an international tour.  

How To Train Your Dragon

Victorian Minister for the Arts, the Hon Heidi Victoria, said the groundbreaking exhibition will bring together Melbourne-based curators and creatives, and the animators, artists and producers of a major international studio for the first time in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

“This world-first exhibition will focus on the significant creative contribution that DreamWorks Animation has made to the field of animation over the last 20 years,” Ms Victoria said. “Tracing DreamWorks Animation’s creative legacy from Antz to next year’s anticipated feature, How to Train Your Dragon 2, the exhibition draws on the studio’s incredible archive, and will include never-before-seen original artworks and models, behind-the-scenes interviews and new interactive experiences.”

Shrek 2 Art

ACMI Director and CEO, Tony Sweeney, said visitors will be able to go beyond the screen and chart the creative journey of a DreamWorks Animation film from the first idea or concept sketched on a post-it-note, through to the final completed project.

Visitors will be able to explore the “groundbreaking technologies” DreamWorks has used to create its movies, from early forms of computer animation to 3D technology. The exhibition will showcase DreamWorks’ major film series: ShrekHow To Train Your DragonMadagascar and Kung Fu Panda. It will also look at the early hand-drawn films such as The Prince of Egypt (1998) and more recent releases like Rise of the Guardians (2012).

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will have its world premiere at ACMI on Thursday 10 April, 2014, and will run until Sunday 26 October, 2014, before touring the world. Ticket prices and information on related public, film and education programs will be announced in the coming months. For more information, please visit acmi.net.au.

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