Disney animation exhibit to open in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big show of animation art from the Walt Disney studio will open in November at the New Orleans Museum of Art, a month before the release of an animated movie set in New Orleans that features Disney’s first African-American princess.

Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio will run through mid-March 2010.

“It was Disney animators who really led the way in the 20th century toward establishing animation as a serious art form,” museum director John Bullard said.

The Walt Disney Corp. suggested the exhibition to the museum, and Bullard made several trips to Disney’s animation research library to decide what will be shown, museum spokesman Jim Mulvihill said.

It will feature more than 600 works from films such as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Silly Symphonies and the upcoming movie.

The Princess and the Frog is scheduled for a Christmas release.

It is set in the Jazz Age and features Princess Tiana, a trumpet-playing alligator named Louis and a lovesick Cajun firefly named Ray.

The animation is by John Musker and Ron Clements. The music is by Randy Newman.

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