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The Magic of Disney Animation

After a number of visits to the Disney parks I often find myself looking for something different to visit, on one very long hot visit to Disney MGM studios we found ourselves well and truly tired and hot and stumbled across the Magic of Disney Animation show

Now I wouldn' t really recommended this show to parents of young children as they might find it a little boring although when you young children are tired out and need a rest then this may be a good choice too

the show is aimed more at the older children and parents, you enter a room where a Disney animator is working at his desk, he very carefully explains the process that takes place from the very first thoughts on the creation of a Disney character, moving onto the use of story boards to create a rough guide to the story and then onto the actual creation of the animation. He explains the changes that have occurred in the animation industry over the last 10 years or so when most animation was done by artist drawings where as now most of the animation is done on the computer.

Surprisingly a lot of the work on the design and concept of a new Disney animation is still done by artist’s drawings, throughout the show he keeps both the adults and kids entertained with a film show and questions relating to the actual Disney characters.

This is where your kids come in handy cause if you’re anything like me you can' t keep up with all the new Disney characters that have come along in recent years.

One of the most interesting parts is when he talks about the new up and coming Disney films that are currently in production, some of the kids have an idea about them but some of the parents like me haven' t got a clue.

I was amazed to find out that most animated films take around seven years to make from building the original story to producing the final film for release I never realised that it took quite so long now that the movie animation is done on the computer, simply amazing.

After the talk and demonstration there is an area where you can play around with basic animation on some computers and you exit through the animation building where you can actually see some of the animation artists at work. This is quite fascinating to watch and a good ending to an interesting attraction.

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