Animators Celebrate Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary

The artists and execs behind Disney’s animated TV shows shared their love for the Magic Kingdom with an art gallery showing of work celebrating Disneyland’s 60th anniversary on Tuesday afternoon.

The walls of Disney Television Animation Studios in Glendale were adorned with an array of art in varying styles and media, showcasing various aspects of the storied theme park, including depictions of rides, classic tickets and, of course, the long lines.

Among those contributing to the show was Eric Coleman, senior VP of Original Series, at DTVA, who made a special trip to Disneyland to capture his photograph of a youngster encountering the park’s Evil Queen. “I was looking for a bigger picture that would capture the environment, and then I saw the Evil Queen and I knew a good moment was about to happen,” he said. The little girl came up to meet the queen with equal parts nervousness and excitement. “It reminded me a lot of what I felt like when I was at Disneyland as a kid; how everything felt just a little bit bigger than me.”

Daron Nefcy, one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch and the artist behind Disney XD’s upcoming new series “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” said her drawing of a tattooed and pierced girl enjoying fireworks celebrates the park’s inclusiveness. “I feel like everyone can go in and enjoy Disneyland, and I really enjoy seeing these people who are punked out or kind of gothy going there and having a great time like they’re a little kid. You can be super gangster and still go to Disneyland.”

“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero” co-creator Sam Levine’s offering shows his love not only for Disneyland but also for 8-bit art, with a collection of Disney cast members that look a bit like old-school video game characters. “I love the different costumes of the different cast members. … I wanted to reduce them to their simplest essence and color, and see who people can recognize.”

The folks at DTVA have a gallery event every couple of months, according to Coleman, but this theme especially resonated with the artists. “You can see from the pieces here that people are really rising to the occasion,” he said. “There’s a great love for Disneyland among our people here.”

(Pictured: Animator Tom Warburton, Sam Levine, senior VP Production at Disney Television Animation, Lisa Salamone, animator Daron Nefcy and Eric Coleman, senior VP, Original Series, Disney Television Animation)

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