deja_disneymuseum deja_disneymuseum
AnimatorsMuseums

Walt Disney Family Museum To Present Andreas Deja Art Exhibit

Animator Andreas Deja will be the subject of a show at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The exhibit, announced today, is called “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja.”

Deja needs little introduction to anyone who is the least familiar with contemporary Disney animation. An iconic figure of 1990s Disney animation, Deja was the supervising animator of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin, Scar in The Lion King, and the titular character in Hercules, to name just a few memorable performances.

Since Deja left Disney in 2011, he has been working on a hand-drawn short of his own, Mushka, that he describes as a “story of love and sacrifice set in Russia.” Development artwork from that film will be on display at the show, as will examples of Deja’s personal drawings and steel wire sculptures.

“Deja View” will be on display from March 23 through October 4 in the museum’s Theater Gallery. A few of the pieces that will be on display can be seen below.

For more details, visit the Walt Disney Family Museum web site.

Ink drawings from Deja's application portfolio to Disney.
Ink drawings from Deja’s application portfolio to Disney.
Merlin steel wire sculpture.
Merlin steel wire sculpture.
Charcoal drawings from Deja's application portfolio to Disney.
Charcoal drawings from Deja’s application portfolio to Disney.
Visual development sketch from Deja's upcoming short "Mushka."
Visual development sketch from Deja’s upcoming short “Mushka.”
Visual development of Gaston from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (1991).
Visual development of Gaston from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (1991).
Model drawings of Jafar from Disney's "Aladdin" (1992).
Model drawings of Jafar from Disney’s “Aladdin” (1992).
  • Marc Hendry

    Andreas is the man! Lovely guy and a hell of an animator

  • Leona Preston

    I always wondered what happened to Andreas, whether he was still working for Disney or not. I blame it on ‘Dream on Silly Dreamer’ (and figured everyone just went out the door).