The mouse is heading to the Met. The New York museum is preparing to host its first-ever exhibition about Disney hand-drawn animation. The show which will trace the influence of European art on the man and his studio.
Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, which runs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from December 10, 2021 to March 6, 2022, will reveal how Disney artists drew on Gothic Revival architecture and Rococo motifs when creating movies like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast, which — like so many Disney films — are based on folk tales widespread in Europe.
The focus will be on France, a country to which Walt Disney had a personal connection (his ancestors came from the town of Isigny-sur-Mer, hence the original form of their name, d’Isigny). Footage of Walt and his family in France will be shown alongside miniature artistic objects he bought while traveling around the country.