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By Heather• 11 Feb 2016
I cruised along with my late-teen stepdaughter recently and found there’s so much information that its a hell of a challenge for one visit. And even if you only have a mild interest in movie animation, I think you'd still enjoy it because of the colour and tangibility.
Firstly we were introduced to the concept of character, story and world:
Through all of these sections are a myriad of screens running movie clips, so there is truly no shortage of things to look at.
Luckily we stumbled across the Dragon Flight theatre (thank god, they had bean bags and large comfy benches to recline on!). While reclining in front of a large curved screen you will be taken on a 3.30 minute journey, from dragon creation (cute) to swooping through increasingly darker landscapes on the back of the beast. I recommend seeing it twice.
And finally, through a walkway over the main Te Papa concourse, you’ll find the Creative Zone, have a go at animating your own character and the kids will have fun dressing up in costume and colouring in their own artwork (check out Caprice below, a budding Weta animator I reckon).
Some of NZ's (and the worlds!) best improvisers are on their way to Wellington.