This week I went to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Reagan Library exhibit with my friend Annie.
The Walt Disney Archives Reagan Library exhibit runs until April. If you’re able to go, I definitely recommend it. There’s a large varied collection of stuff on display from an awesome old animation desk, animation maquettes, the original Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella books, Mary Blair paintings and old drawings by Disney himself to a giant Pirates of the Caribbean filming model, Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portraits, the original and the new TRON costumes, an Iron Man suit and more. I wasn’t able to spend too much time since I had the twins with me, but it was pretty fabulous!
If you’d like to see more photos from this exhibit try Hollywood Movie Costume’s series of posts about it.
I loved seeing this old 2D animation desk, it’s a particularly nice one, look at all those perfect shelves and pegboards that fold out…! It made me a bit sad to see it though, as they’re so seldom used nowadays. I have a pretty nice one cobbled together from when FOX in Arizona went down, but a lot of even 2D animation is done on the computer now (with cintiqs, so it’s still drawn…)
The prop book from the beginning of Sleeping Beauty. This book was actually really huge! Larger than the other two storybooks. Really stunning, definitely a highlight of the exhibit for me. When you see these books in the movie they seem so magical!
The book from Snow White.
My twin girls at FLYNN’s Arcade. It was a small section of the arcade and then they had both the original old TRON suits as well as some costumes and props from the new TRON movie.
Detail on the Enchanted gown sleeve
Detail on the Enchanted gown skirt.
Detail on the Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Snow White costume.
Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Cinderella Gown worn by Scarlett Johansson.
Cruella de Vil costume worn by Glenn Close
Beauty and the Beast on Broadway Belle yellow ballgown worn by Toni Braxton! This is one of the gowns that I based my own broadway Belle yellow ballgown costume on!