Deja View with Andreas Deja
Date & TimeWed, Mar 22 | 4pm
The Walt Disney Family Museum’s newest original exhibition, Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja, includes works from one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators working today, Andreas Deja. Deja was hired as an animator at The Walt Disney Studios in 1980, and since then has helped bring to life some of Disney’s most iconic characters, from menacing villains Scar and Jafar and larger-than-life muscle men Gaston and Hercules, to the much beloved Mama Odie and Lilo Pelekai. In conjunction with our members only preview day, our featured artist Andreas Deja provides a members-only talk. Explore his fascinating career at The Walt Disney Animation Studios, the inspiration behind his memorable characters, and his new independent short film, Mushka.
On Sale Date and Time
Walt's Circle, Supporter, and Friend-level members: Purchase tickets by calling 415.345.6829 beginning Monday, March 6 at 10am.
All other member levels: Purchase tickets online beginning Tuesday, March 7 at 10am.
About the Speaker
Andreas Deja first applied for a job as a Disney animator at the age of 10. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, he remembers writing to The Studios immediately after seeing The Jungle Book. The Studios wrote back to explain there were no openings but that they were always on the look-out for new talent. This offered him the encouragement he needed and the motivation to work hard towards that goal. At the age of 20, after completing his studies, he applied again and this time he was accepted. Deja completed several tests and went on to do early character design, costume research, and animation for The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Oliver & Company (1988), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
While working on The Little Mermaid (1989), Deja oversaw the animation of King Triton, a powerful figure that required expert skills in draftsmanship and acting ability. For Disney's Academy Award®-winning animated musical Beauty and the Beast (1991), he served as the supervising animator for the first of his many Disney villains, the very pompous and narrow-minded Gaston.
Deja continued to explore his darker side by designing and animating the evil vizier, Jafar, for Disney's animated-musical hit Aladdin (1992). He went on to supervise the animation of the power-hungry villain, Scar, in The Lion King (1994), which has become one of The Walt Disney Studios’ most successful films.
In 2007, he was honored with the Winsor McCay Award from ASIFA-Hollywood (the International Animated Film Association). In 2015, he was named a Disney Legend by The Walt Disney Company. At present time, Andreas Deja is working on his own independent animated short films, including Mushka, and contributes regularly animation related material on his blog, “Deja View.”