Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja at The Walt Disney Family Museum
On view at The Walt Disney Family Museum from March 23 to Oct. 4, 2017 is an original exhibition of works from Andreas Deja, one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators working today. Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja showcases original works on paper and maquettes of Deja's most iconic Disney characters, including Scar, Jafar, Gaston, Hercules and Lilo Pelekai. Also on display are Deja's Disney application portfolio and wire-frame sculptures.
Walt Disney's The Jungle Book inspired Deja to become an animator when he was 13 years old in Germany. He wrote the Walt Disney Animation Studios a letter to inquire about the application process, and The Studios' response encouraged him to continue his studies. At 20 he was accepted into The Studios and he worked on early character design and animation projects for The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and more. Deja oversaw the animation for King Triton in The Little Mermaid (1989) before working on a series of memorable villains, including Gaston from Beauty and the Beast (1991), Jafar (Aladdin, 1992), and Scar (The Lion King, 1994).
Deja also worked on Mickey Mouse in Runaway Brain (1996), nominated for the Best Animated Short Oscar® Hercules (Hercules, 1997), Lilo (Lilo & Stitch, 2002), and Goofy (How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre, 2007).
In addition to his work for the Walt Disney Studios, Deja is known for independent projects, including the upcoming short film Mushka. Featuring a young girl and her tiger in "a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia," the film is animated in a colored pencil style. Art from Mushka is showcased in this exhibition.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in the historic Presidio, with a breathtaking backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja is on view March 23 to Oct. 4, and is included with a general admission ticket. Tickets may be purchased onsite or online at waltdisney.org.
Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book in advance to receive discounted admission. For more information, and to inquire about guided tours, please visit the museum's Group Sales.