With the release of the THE LION KING Blu-ray/Digital HD including bonus content, I wanted to share with you my visit to a special exhibit on the animator that created the character Scar.
This exhibit, “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” at The Walt Disney Family Museum showcases Andreas Deja’s work on some of Disney’s famous villians as well as a Hero as well as shares sketches for Deja’s characters in his story of Mushka.
While visiting The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, I found it so interesting to find out the history behind the people who make all things Disney so amazing. Before entering the special exhibit Deja View, I saw the movie posters from the past and they reminded me of how much Disney is truly a part of our lives. The Jungle Book movie poster is pictured below. It is so great to be able to see what the public saw when the movie was first released – a true piece of history in the story of this movie.
Who is Andreas Deja?
While at the special exhibition Deja View, we learned about the path that Andreas Deja took in his role as a Disney animator.
How does one follow their dream or know their purpose?
Well, for Andreas it was at the age of 13 when he was inspired by The Jungle Book., a true Disney classic. Take a look at the photo below to see his words and the advice he was given.
While visiting the museum, Andreas Deja did a pencil drawing on the poster shown right as you enter the exhibit. I enlarged it in hopes that you could see the detail.
The exhibit tries to capture many of his sketches. including characters that show his thought process into creating the ones that make it to the big screen. Looking around, one is easily drawn to his style in Deja’s sketch books.
In addition to sketch books, Deja also uses wire sculptures to envision what his animations will look like.
As we get excited to watch The Lion King on Blu-ray/DVD, it is an amazing experience to look at how the characters came to life.
Pictured above is the Scar marquette Cast resin courtesy of Andreas Deja.
Pictured above are Andrea Deja’s Scar model sheets. The first one is graphite, colored pencil and ink on paper. The second one is pen ink and colored marker on paper courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.
Some other famous characters that Deja has been the supervising animator for are Jafar, Hercules and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
In addition, we also viewed sketches for Deja’s independent project, Mushka, which is about a girl and her Siberian tiger. Mushka is “a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia”.
Just a few days ago, Deja announced on his blog, Deja View, that he is adding the final color to his film. I can’t wait to learn more about this upcoming film.
The exhibit, “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” will be open at The Walt Disney Family Museum until October 9th, 2017. The Walt Disney Family Museum also exhibits the life of Walt Disney as well as the birth of Mickey Mouse. As a Disney fan, it was wonderful to see all the history of Walt and his family as well as the inspiration behind the art and technology that we have in film today.
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I was invited by Disney on an all expense paid trip to San Francisco to be a part of the #PixarCocoEvent. During our time, we visited The Walt Disney Family Museum. All thoughts and opinions are my own.