Donald Duck’s 85th birthday was celebrated at Lucca Comics & Games 2019, with a great exhibition-tribute to the character, born in the Disney house, among unpublished works, history and an innovative virtual reality experience.
An interactive journey to discover one of the most famous Disney characters in the world: “We are Donald Duck”, the exhibition curated by Gianni Bono, historian of Italian comics, was more than just an exhibition. From October 26th to November 3rd 2019, the Mercato del Carmine, an ancient building in the heart of the city of Lucca, has been transformed into the universe of the famous character born from the pen of Walt Disney and his superheroistic alter ego “Paperinik”, thanks not only to unpublished works, drawings and comics, but also thanks to new technologies.
The exhibition, in fact, was divided into four rooms: it started from the “Donald Duck VR Experience”, an innovative escape room which, thanks to the technology of virtual reality and the “Oculus Quest” viewers, allowed visitors to take on the role of Donald Duck, to explore his home and the underground shelter of Donald Duck.
The playful-interactive experience, based on Disney drawings, faithfully recreated the home of the famous duck and his super alter ego. The visitors, equipped with Oculus and joystick, had eight minutes to solve the riddles in the game and discover all the environments of Donald’s house in an immersive and exciting virtual journey.
The experience continued thanks to Kinder who entertained young and old with fun activities such as the creation of Paperavatars with the various elements created by the Disney artist Paolo Campinoti who intervened at the exhibition.
Leaving the first two interactive sections, you enter the “Donald Duck Art Gallery” where a series of paintings were exhibited for the first time and through which the Disney artists wanted to pay homage to great works of world painting.
Also in this area there were some unique pieces, such as the complete series of Donald Duck ceramics made by the Florentine Ugo Zaccagnini in the 1940s and the two paintings by Romano Scarpa autographed in Italy by Walt Disney himself in the 1960s.
The itinerary also included a series of display cases dedicated to “The History of Donald Duck” in which were exhibited original paper finds from Donald Duck’s publications, all great uniqueness. From the menabò (project / study) of the first issue of the newspaper “Paperino”, created by Federico Pedrocchi in 1937, to the first vintage of the French Donald again in the 1930s, to the original vintage posters for the various launches of the newspaper “Topolino” with Donald Duck testimonial, up to the very rare “Donald Duck and Cleopatrias extinta”, a tribute to Mickey Mouse subscribers in 1952.
Space also for the unobtainable issues of Disney MEGAzine, the first Italian collateral attached to a newspaper (La Repubblica, 1996).
The exhibition ends in the bookshop where you could buy gadgets, memorabilia, Disney books that are now out of print, and brought on display in a limited number of copies recovered for the occasion like all the Panini and Giunti news, the Italian publishers of Donald Duck.