Animation is very much part and parcel of our lives, particularly in our kids’. The high-quality digital animation films these days are just as effective in stirring the imagination and tugging the heartstrings of adults too.
Here in Singapore the first time, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is rare chance for adult and children alike to witness the technology used to produce some of these iconic animations we are so familiar with. In addition, for the September school holiday season (till 13 September 2015), there are some bonus activities thrown in for the holiday crowd.
See the stupendous artworks of these iconic animations in its stunning details!
These iconic animations would just zip by in the cinemas but here you get to see them in their glorious details.
It’s a real visual treat for professional artists or even for aspiring ones like our kids!
Showcasing DreamWorks Animation’s creative legacy, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition showcases over 400 unique exhibits from well-loved animation films like ‘Kung Fu Panda’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘Prince of Egypt’, ‘How To Train a Dragon’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Peabody & Sherman’, ‘ Madagascar’…and more. It features never before displayed concept drawings, storyboards, models, masks, maps, photographs, posters, paintings, and other original artworks. These artworks sit alongside amazing immersive and interactive digital experiences, and a wealth of additional digital content, including many specially recorded interviews with DreamWorks Animation artists.
We were fascinated as we walked through the three main galleries: Character, Story and World, to witness the painstaking process it takes to create and bring to life such endearing characters and enchanting stories from sketch to screen.
See the models of your favourite animation up close.
Check out the amazing models of villages and castles in full details.
Here are our personal favourites from the exhibition (read: Don’t miss these!):
1. Face Poser and other Digital Stations – Reconstruction of Dreamworks work-stations where we can see the process of character and story animation unfold right before our eyes!
Get a hands on experience in controlling your own animations or drawing one of your own!
2. Voice over and Sketching – Conrad Vernon, DreamWorks storyboard artist, narrates for us how he uses voice-overs and sketches in animation. It’s quite hilarious.
3. The Dragon Flight – A sketch to screen rendering of ‘Toothless’, the Dragon’s flight over the cliff village projected on a 40 foot diameter screen. It’s free (part of the exhibition) and runs for 3 minutes throughout the day. Love it! Highly recommended!
Don’t miss this: A chance to ‘ride’ on Toothless the Dragon.
4. More that meets the Eyes – During the September school holidays, enjoy complimentary movie screenings of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Parts 1 and 2, and ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Parts 1 and 2 at the ArtScience Museum! Visitors are treated to free popcorn on movie screening days. Seats are limited and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
School Holiday Adventures – 4 – 13 September 2015
Spend a fun-filled September school holidays at the DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, getting to know your favourite characters from Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar through fun and interactive activities. (Find out more from the ArtScience Museum’s official website: http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/dreamworks-animation/programmes.html
Claymation – 8 & 10 September | 4:30pm
Understand first-hand this fascinating form of animation and create a short film by moulding your own clay character. S$5 per person. Suitable for all ages. Purchase tickets in advance from the B2 retail outlet.
Game Stations – 4 – 13 September
Four new pop-up stations have been created for the young and young-at-heart, with activities inspired by the DreamWorks Animation cartoon characters we love. Complete all 4 stations to collect 4 stamps, and redeem special DreamWorks Animation goodies!
Test your skills at the games booth outside – only for a limited time!
Family Fridays – Kids enter for Free!
Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased. Interact, learn and play as a family with a series of child-friendly activities and programmes. Up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased. For more details, visit here.
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition is in Singapore till 27 September 2015. Hurry down to experience the magic of DreamWorks Animation before it ends!
Daily: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Including public holidays
Last admission at 6:00pm
Mondays – Thursdays: 10:00am – 4:00pm (except public holidays). Redeem free parking (with S$50 spent at ArtScience Museum Box Office, Museum Shop or Cafe) from the B2 Concierge (near The Canal) at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands by 5pm on the day of visit.
Do pop over to Sengkang Babies Blog to review their review of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition too.