See how your favourite DreamWorks animations come to life

Do you love Kungfu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar or How to Train Your Dragon? Don’t miss out on the fun and intriguing DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

Kung Fu Panda (2008) by artist Richie Sacilioc (photo: Photo: 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC)
Kung Fu Panda (2008) by artist Richie Sacilioc (photo: Photo: 2014 DreamWorks Animation LLC)

If you love Shrek, Kungfu Panda or any of the DreamWorks animations, I’m sure you’d love to see more of your favourite characters, or even find out how they’re brought to life in your favourite animation films.

Running at ArtScience Museum until Sep 27, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition whisks you away into the magical worlds of DreamWorks, as well as behind the scenes of these highly-entertaining productions.

Play with Iconic DreamWorks Characters

Experience how different expressions are created for your  favourite DreamWorks animation characters
Experience how different expressions are created for your favourite DreamWorks animation characters (Photo: Mark Ashkanasy)

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition consists of three main galleries: Character, Story and World. The amusing features of the interactive exhibition include the opportunity for you to make lovable characters such the adorable Po from Kung Fu Panda gasp and grimace (in the Character gallery), using a simplified version of DreamWorks’ animation software.

In World, you can ride on the back of Toothless the dragon (from How to Train Your Dragon) as the Isle of Berk appears before you on a giant screen.

The whole exhibition is a mesmerising and immersive experience and the halls are lined with collections of 3-D models and artefacts. I wish I could bring some of these home as collectibles!

These are just some of the 400 displays and 31 films featured in the exhibition, many of which are exclusive material being showcased in Asia for the very first time.

See the Magic Behind the Scenes

Step into a reconstruction of DreamWorks’ real-life workspaces (Photo: Mark Ashkanasy)
Step into a reconstruction of DreamWorks’ real-life workspaces (Photo: Mark Ashkanasy)

You’ll also get to witness how story creators (or, as I prefer to call them, geniuses) produce these blockbuster works of art, from what their workspaces are like to their original sketches and how they pitch their stories to the producers.

One highlight is the giant screen showcasing filmmaker Conrad Vernon performing an entertaining and gripping pitch of a scene in Shrek. It is every bit as exciting and hilarious as the final scene in the movie.

Create Your Own Animation Magic

Scattered around the halls are D-I-Y tables where you can try your hand at basic animation techniques. Design and craft out a flipbook – the most basic framework of animation – and even use authentic DreamWorks applications to draw out your own short animated film.

And – here’s my favourite part of all – the DreamWorks store has brought in exclusive merchandise, including an adorable Toothless mug and valuable wall art going at affordable prices, starting from $20. Now you can bring a piece of DreamWorks home!

 

By Pamela Chow

For more information and tickets to DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, visit www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum.

 

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