Many of us have grown up with Walt Disney’s animated masterpieces such as Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Aladdin, Fantasia and The Lion King. Now, for the first time in Asia, legendary production designer Hans Bacher who has worked on many of these classics, will be presenting several never-before-seen sketches and original artwork at the One Gallery, The One Academy in Bandar Sunway.
Production designer Hans Bacher – a legend in the animation industry
At the opening ceremony recently, Hans Bacher himself was present, much to the excitement of everyone there. He received a token of appreciation from The One Academy Principal & Founder Tatsun Hoi, who expressed his delight at the Academy being chosen as the exclusive venue for the showcase.
Bacher recieving a token of appreciation from One Academy Principal and Founder Tatsun Hoi
He then took eager students and gathered guests for a tour of his art, telling the intrigued crowd tales of his days working alongside acclaimed animation director Richard Williams and DreamWorks Studios co-founder Steven Spielberg, as well as giving a behind the scenes look at the amount of work that goes into creating 2-D animated movies.
Bacher entertains the crowd with behind-the-scenes stories, working alongside Steven Spielberg
A still from a Fantasia sequence
Concept art from an untitled project
An early concept art still
A page from his soon-to-be-published animation production design book
Held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his illustrious career, the exhibition was sparked by Bacher’s debut book, considered one of the foremost textbooks for studies on animation. He is also the author of two other books and teaches film-design at a university in Singapore, a subject he has been passionate about since childhood.
Some of the work on display include drawings from a deleted scene from Beauty and the Beast, and paintings for a shelved project based on the hit musical Cats. Besides this, there are early concept art stills for Mulan on display, which he considers one of his favourite projects to have worked on – and for which he won an Annie for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Production Design.
Fascinated visitors marvel at the artwork of Hans Bacher
Equally fascinating and inspiring, this exhibition will take you on a trip down memory lane, reliving the joy that these classic movies bring.
Dream Worlds: The Art of Animation Exhibition by Hans Bacher
WHEN Until 3 October 2015
WHERE One Gallery, The One Academy, Bandar Sunway
TIMES 10am-5pm (Monday to Friday); 9am-1pm (Saturday)
TEL 03 5637 5510