Technological Innovation: Animation

Ages
Grades 4‑12
Date
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri 10am–noon
Cost
$10 per student, $12 per adult
Location
Learning Center

In the galleries, students discover how Walt encouraged his staff to experiment with special effects to make animation more interesting and realistic, and how the resulting advancements in technology enhanced Disney animation and inspired the industry as a whole. In the Learning Center, students experiment with a Multiplane Camera, explore how depth is created in animation, and create their own digital short films.

Registration for the 2018–2019 academic year begins on August 1, 2018. Please email schoolexperience@wdfmuseum.org if you have any questions.

Multiplane Educator Guide

To enhance your students’ experience, use these resources before and after your museum visit.

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