Dreams Come True

“For centuries, storytellers have stirred imaginations. Tellers and listeners gathered around the fire to share common experiences, to learn from the past, and to look toward the future. Throughout this early oral tradition, storytelling took on many forms: cautionary tales that taught lessons evolved into fables; heroic accomplishments were preserved in the form of tall tales and legends; popular beliefs or traditions were instilled within the telling of myths; sly political and social commentary were conveyed through nursery rhymes; and universal themes and constructs formed the foundation of fairy tales. Each took on a highly imaginative form to reinforce its lessons, incorporating fantastic plotlines and archetypical characterizations. Over time, similar stories appeared across diverse cultures as storytellers – and later, scribes who recorded their words and artists who created visual interpretations – sought to teach practical lessons and codes of conduct to their audiences. These ancient values continue to shape our view of the world today, as “happily-ever-after” fairy-tale outcomes reflect our own hopes and dreams.” (Smith, 15)

The VRC has cataloged 28 images from Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios. These images are available in the Digital Image Database to the SCAD community with your MySCAD log-in.

Images clockwise from top-left:

Trousdale, Gary. (1991). Beauty and the Beast. Designed by Mac Gearge and colored by Brian McEntree, concept art, black line, ink, and marker on paper.

Clements, Ron. (1989). The Little Mermaid. Design by Rowland B. Wilson, King Triton concept art, watercolor on paper.

Clements, Ron. (2009). The Princess and the Frog. Design by Sue C. Nichols, Mama Odie digital concept art.

Geronimi, Clyde. (1959). Sleeping Beauty. Design by Marc Davis, Maleficent and Diablo, concept art, gouache and marker on paper.

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