Review: Disney on Ice delivers on magic in Newcastle show

THIS lively and very entertaining work certainly justifies its title, as it shows, in colourful and at times awesome segments, how Walt Disney and his team used animation to make films that engaged children and adults alike.

Characters from most of the Disney feature films since the first in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, are seen, as well as figures such as Mickey Mouse who appeared in short films from 1928.

And the swift changes from one story to another, with very different characters, costumes and settings, further show the amazing variety of the animated films.

OLD FAVOURITE: Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic returns to the Hunter this weekend, with three shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

OLD FAVOURITE: Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic returns to the Hunter this weekend, with three shows on both Saturday and Sunday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

While a Frozen segment is perhaps too long, running for almost half the hour-long first act, it certainly has audience members watching in awe, especially when snow begins falling from the ceiling

Likewise, the skaters do some amazing things, with the villain in a segment from Beauty and the Beast climbing a long ladder while wearing his skates, to escape to the roof of the prince’s castle.

Similarly, Aladdin jumps highly over a genie to avoid contacting him as 21 genii make their way around the ice.

The emphasis in the show is on more recent Disney films, as they are the ones that children would especially know.

While a Frozen segment is perhaps too long, running for almost half the hour-long first act, it certainly has audience members watching in awe, especially when snow begins falling from the ceiling and the characters quickly try to escape from it.

But, as already noted, the very different natures of the films are captivating, with characters such as Toy Story’s cowboy-clad Woody and spaceman Buzz Lightyear making their song You’ve Got a Friend in Me (using a recorded background) very jovial.

There is a bright sequence near the end where the main Disney princes and princesses move hand in hand in a celebratory manner around the arena.

While a Frozen segment is perhaps too long, running for almost half the hour-long first act, it certainly has audience members watching in awe, especially when snow begins falling from the ceiling

As one of the songs notes, Disney brings Joy to the World.

Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic ends its run at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow on Sunday night. 

Shows are scheduled for 10am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

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