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Film fans of all ages to get animated in Wellington

11 Dec 2015

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s latest blockbuster – DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition – is set to enthral both the young and young at heart over the summer months.

CroppedImage750750 KungFu Panda 2008. Artists Nico Marlet and Raymond Zibach
KungFu Panda 2008
Photo credit: Artists: Nico Marlet and Raymond Zibach

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s latest blockbuster – DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition– is set to enthral both the young and young at heart over the summer months.

Opening on 12 December, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition takes visitors beyond the screen and into the creative journey of all 31 DreamWorks Animation films, including  the beloved major film series: Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.

Te Papa’s lead curator Claire Regnault says the exhibition, which runs until 28 March, is sure to ignite the imaginations of visitors of all ages, by fully immersing them in the amazing process of film animation.

“We want this exhibition to capture the country’s budding creative minds, and maybe even inspire New Zealand’s next generation of Oscar-winning movie-makers.”

Curated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the exhibition features original artworks and models, behind-the-scenes interviews and spectacular interactive experiences from DreamWorks Animation creativity that have never been seen before in New Zealand.

“The magical blend of creative imagination and technical expertise on display at DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is sure to be well-appreciated here in the capital by families and film fans,” says Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive Chris Whelan.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition follows in the footsteps of last summer’s successful Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibition which delighted crowds with its prehistoric dinosaur tales.

Creative magic at the heart of Wellington

Also at Te Papa is the acclaimed Gallipoli: The Scale of our War exhibition, a look at New Zealand’s World War One Gallipoli campaign developed with creative direction by Sir Richard Taylor and his Weta Workshop team.

The exhibitions provide the basis of a splendid Te Papa visit during the Christmas school holidays, and over next year’s Easter break and anniversary and Waitangi Day weekends.

A short trip out to Miramar sits the Weta Cave and Weta Workshop tours where you can pick up a piece of film memorabilia and glimpse first-hand how props for movies such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, and District 9 were created.

Mr Whelan says the capital’s phenomenal success in the film sector is one of its most distinctive qualities.

“Whether it’s producing global blockbusters and critically acclaimed releases, or developing world-leading technical solutions that draw international filmmakers to our doorstep, Wellington remains a hub of innovative cinematic excellence.”

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