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BFI Southbank to screen the Disney 50 throughout 2011

Disney 50, Bambi

Preview by Jack Foley

FOR the first time ever, all of Disney’s 50 animation feature films can be seen on the big screen at BFI Southbank throughout 2011, in celebration of Disney’s 50th animation, Tangled.

BFI Southbank and The Walt Disney Company have launched a unique season that gives audiences the opportunity to enjoy the magic of Disney’s entire stable of 50 animation feature films on the big screen.

Every weekend throughout 2011, the Disney heritage will be gloriously showcased, spanning 70 years of films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling and ground-breaking technology.

Kicking off The Disney 50 is a landmark in Disney’s history, the launch of their 50th animated feature film, Tangled.

BFI Southbank will screen the film in 3D on the day of the film’s UK premiere, January 16, 2011, 4.15pm in NFT1 followed by a special on-stage Q&A with the film’s directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.

Tangled is an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair.

Stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Rapunzel is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit named Flynn Rider.

Featuring music by Alan Menken, this comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale comes to UK theatres in Disney Digital 3D™ on January 28, 2011.

The remaining 49 films will then be shown chronologically at BFI Southbank every weekend for the rest of the year starting with Disney’s first animation feature, and the first-ever animation feature in technicolour, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Further cinematic milestones include Fantasia (1940), the first major motion picture in stereophonic sound, Lady and the Tramp (1955), the first animated feature in CinemaScope, The Rescuers Down Under (1990), the first feature film to be shot using a 100% digital process; Beauty and the Beast (1991), the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; The Lion King (1994), the highest grossing traditionally-animated film of all time; and Pocahontas (1995), the largest-ever film premiere event with over 100,000 viewers.

BFI Southbank will also host a whole range of on-stage events with Disney artists and directors past and present throughout the year.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs provides the theme for BFI Southbank’s Family Funday on January 23, 2011.

Along with the usual competitions and prizes, participants will get to draw their favourite dwarf and make their own animation feature to bring Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and Grumpy to life in new and exciting ways.

Family Funday’s are BFI Southbank’s popular regular monthly events giving children of all ages the opportunity to get involved in a whole range of activities, learn new skills, meet people from in front of and behind the camera and immerse themselves in the world of film and television.

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