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February 28, 2017

The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja

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photo courtesy of Andreas Deja, (c) Disney

Dynamic Exhibition Features Animator Behind Memorable Disney Villains Jafar and Scar

San Francisco, CA, February 22, 2017—The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to introduce an original exhibition of works from one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators working today, Andreas Deja. On view from March 23 to October 4, 2017, Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja will showcase original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic Disney characters, from menacing villains such as Scar and Jafar to larger-than-life muscle men like Gaston and Hercules, and the much-beloved Mama Odie and Lilo Pelekai.

In addition to his work for The Walt Disney Studios, Deja is known for independent projects, including his upcoming short film Mushka. The film -- featuring a young girl and her tiger in “a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia” -- is animated in a colored pencil style. Art from Mushka is showcased in this new exhibition, along with Deja’s Disney application portfolio and wire-frame sculptures.

In 1967, when Deja was 13 years old and living in Germany, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book inspired him to become an animator for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. He wrote the company a now well-known letter to inquire about the application process, and he began to realize the dedication and skill it would take to get there.

“The day I received a letter back from Walt Disney Productions expressing the necessity to become a master in the mechanics of drawing, it lit a fire in me to truly become an outstanding animator,” said Deja. “After years of art school and dedicating my personal time to studying animal anatomy and behavior, I was accepted into the animation training program at The Walt Disney Studios in August 1980 and didn’t look back once.”

Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum and is being presented in the Theater Gallery from March 23 to October 4, 2017.

September 6, 2014

The Walt Disney Family Museum September 2014

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THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM SEPTEMBER 2014
Programs, Activities, Screenings, and Special Events


SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

Now through November 3, 2014 | Theater Gallery
FREE for members or with museum admission | $20 adults | $15 seniors and students
$12 children (ages 6 to 17)

The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. On view in the museum's Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum's director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (1913-2000). Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis' female characters in film-such as Peter Pan's Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty's title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil-as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis. Both Alice and Marc worked with a team of Disney artists and engineers to design and dress the Audio-Animatronics® figures for it's a small world, including famed artist Mary Blair, one of Walt's most recognizable leading ladies.


SCREENINGS

FILM OF THE MONTH

One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Screens through Sept, daily at 1:30 & 4pm (except Tuesdays-check our calendar online for exceptions)
Free with museum admission
Join us for this fur-raising adventure featuring one of Disney's most outrageous villains.

DISCUSSIONS

SPOTLIGHT TALKS

A Glimpse into the Art of Marc Davis
Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday in September | 11am, 1 & 3pm | Theater Lobby
Free with museum admission

Learn more about one of The Walt Disney Studios' most celebrated artists as we look closer at one aspect of Marc Davis' multifaceted career.

Marc Davis: Walt's Renaissance Man - SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 13 | 3-4:30pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 general |$15 youth (17 and under)

During his 43 years at The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Legend Marc Davis was assigned and produced some of the most difficult animation requested by Walt and his directors. Join master animator Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz, former Davis student and founder of the Burbank-based animation studio Kurtz and Friends, for a discussion of Davis' far-reaching talents and considerable influence on the field of animation. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis.


Over There with Steve Pilcher

Saturday, September 20 | 12:30-5:30pm | Lower Lobby & Theater
Premium package (members only-includes reserved-seating, copy of Over There, and entry into reception): $36 general, $10 child | Program only: $12 member (general), $5 member (child); $20 general, $9 child.

Join Pixar artist Steve Pilcher for a reading, presentation, and book signing for his newest book Over There. Museum members who purchase the premium package are invited to a private reception (12-2pm) with the author before the program (2:30-3:30pm), followed by a book signing (4-5:30pm).


CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

OPEN STUDIO | Armature Building for Animation
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, September 13 & 14 | 1pm - 4pm | Learning Center
Free with museum admission

The armature is a crucial structural piece of any sculpted character or stop motion puppet. Learn the essentials of armature-making to help build and bring your own original character to life!


LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Summer Fun!

Every Saturday in September | 10am - Noon | Lower Lobby or Front Porch
Free with museum admission

Designed for ages 7 and under, Little Open Studio is a place where young ones and their families can put small hands to work creating artwork inspired by what they see here at the museum.


July 26, 2014

The Walt Disney Family Museum's 5th Anniversary

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THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM'S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
Programs, Activities, Screenings, and Special Events

This coming October, come celebrate our fifth anniversary here at The Walt Disney Family Museum! On October 1, 2009, Diane Disney Miller first welcomed guests to explore the life, work, and legacy of her father Walt Disney: an entertainer, risk-taker, and innovator who helped define 20th-century America. In recognition, we've planned a month full of special events, captivating programming, hands-on activities, after hour parties, and so much more. For more information, a full schedule of events, and tickets, please visit waltdisney.org/anniversary.

SPECIAL EVENTS

OUR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

Wednesday, Oct 1 | 10am-8pm (special extended hours)
$10 admission after 6pm

On the anniversary of our opening five years ago, we'll be extending our hours to 8pm in celebration. Enjoy special programming all day long, in the galleries, and in the Learning Center. All galleries will be open and animated shorts will be featured in the theater. We'll have something special exclusively for members, too. Beginning at 6pm, enjoy treats from food trucks and half-priced admission.


SPECIAL EVENT | Animate Your Night: Haunted Mansion Halloween

Friday, Oct 24 | 7-10pm
$12 members | $15 non-members

Pirates, ghosts, ghouls, and a New Orleans vibe inhabit the walls of the museum throughout this after-hours party. Celebrate our fifth anniversary in costume and enjoy the final weeks of our special exhibition, Marc Davis: Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales, featuring a selection of Davis' famous Haunted Mansion paintings. Creepy crafts and feisty food help conjure good spirits for the Halloween season. Look alive!


MEMBERS ONLY EVENT | Tinker Bell Tea with Mindy Johnson

Saturday, Oct 4 | 10am-3pm
$75 adults, includes book Tinker Bell: An Evolution
$40 children 9 years and under, includes a specially chosen book for younger readers

Meet, greet, and enjoy a lovely day with Mindy Johnson-author of Tinker Bell: An Evolution. This event begins with an intimate presentation and personalized book signing in the theater, followed by tea, lunch, and tasty desserts and conversation with our special guest. After lunch, you'll be treated to reserved seating for an afternoon showing of Peter Pan.


BOOK SIGNING | Mindy Johnson, Author of Tinker Bell: An Evolution

Saturday, Oct 4 | 3-5pm
Books sold in the museum store. Signing is FREE and open to the public.

Mindy Johnson will be available book signing in our Awards Lobby. Our very special guest has achieved success as an author, historian, educator, musician, songwriter, playwright and much more. She will be signing copies of her critically acclaimed book, Tinker Bell: An Evolution (produced in conjunction with Disney's Animation Research Library and Disney Editions), which was recently honored with a 2014 Family Choice Award.

MEMBERS ONLY EVENT | Anniversary Open House

Friday, Oct 10 | 6:30-10pm open house reception, 7pm presentation

$35 open house reception only | $45 open house reception & presentation

The museum opens its doors to members and their guests for a special evening celebration of our fifth anniversary. Enjoy the galleries after-hours, musical entertainment, food and drink, and an exclusive video retrospective of the making of the museum. Limited tickets are also available to join Disney historians and museum founding consultants Jeff Kurtti and Paula Sigman Lowery for a special presentation about the history of the museum and working with Diane Disney Miller to pull it all together, followed by a Q&A. Our Walt's Circle donors and Supporter and Friend members are welcome to enjoy dessert during a private meet and greet with Jeff and Paula in the Learning Center at 8:30pm. Presentation tickets are limited.

LEARNING CENTER OPEN HOUSE
Monday-Sunday, Oct 13-19 | 1-6pm
FREE with special exhibition admission
Join us in the Learning Center to celebrate the art and animation created here over the past five years and try your own hand at some of our favorite activities.

SCREENINGS

FILMS OF THE MONTH

In celebration of our five years, enjoy a new screening in our theater every week in October.

Peter Pan
Oct 1-5 | 1:30 & 4pm
Fly away to Never Land with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and friends for adventures with pirates and a hungry crocodile.

The Best of Mickey Mouse
Oct 6-­12 | 1:30 & 4pm
Enjoy a compilation of shorts featuring America's favorite mouse and ambassador of The Walt Disney Company.


Donald Duck and Friends
Oct 13-19 | 1:30 & 4pm
This entertaining collection of shorts stars one Disney's most beloved cartoon characters and his partners in fun.

Hallowscreen!
Oct 20-31 | 1:30 & 4pm
A spoooooky line-up of hair-raising shorts featuring breakthrough animation techniques and some of Walt's most memorable characters.

DISCUSSIONS

SPOTLIGHT TALKS | The History of The Walt Disney Family Museum

Wednesday - Sunday, Oct 1-5 | 11am, 1 & 3pm
FREE with special exhibition admission
Beginning October 1, 2009, visitors from around the world journeyed to the Presidio of San Francisco to experience the life story of Walt Disney in a new and inspiring way. On the occasion of our fifth anniversary, join our museum educators as they share the fascinating story of how the museum itself came to be.

TALK | The Walt Disney Family Museum: From Dream to Reality

Saturday, Oct 11 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (ages 17 & under)
During the crucial period of project development for The Walt Disney Family Museum, authors and Disney historians Jeff Kurtti and Paula Sigman Lowery worked closely with museum founder Diane Disney Miller in determining the overall story and content for the museum's ten galleries. Join these two leading authorities for a talk about the creation of Walt's museum, their experiences with Diane, and the challenge to bring her dream to life.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Walt's Circle, Supporter, and Friend level members receive exclusive, early access to purchase tickets for all anniversary events until the public on sale date of Monday, August 4 at 10am. To reserve your tickets today, call 415.345.6829 or email membership@wdfmuseum.org; tickets are not available for purchase at the museum ticket desk until the public on sale date.

Don't miss out! Join or upgrade your membership at the Friend level or above to secure your tickets now.

March 28, 2014

LEADING LADIES AND FEMMES FATALES: THE ART OF MARC DAVIS

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Marc Davis, visual development for Sleeping Beauty, ca. 1959; Collection Mike Glad; © Disney
THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM PRESENTS LEADING LADIES AND FEMMES FATALES: THE ART OF MARC DAVIS
April 30 - November 3, 2014


Exhibition Celebrates Award-Winning Work by one of Walt's infamous Nine Old Men

San Francisco, CA, March 25, 2014 - The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. On view in the museum's Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum's director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (b. 1913). Davis, who was named a Disney Legend in 1989, was assigned and executed some of the most difficult animation for Walt Disney's leading ladies and femmes fatales from classics such as Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1956), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). It was Davis' mastery of the human form and authority on anatomy and movement that brought these iconic female characters to life and made them believable.

Although his work and accomplishments could fill a much larger gallery, selected artworks mainly from Davis' personal collection, Walt Disney Imagineering, several private collectors, and the Walt Disney Family Foundation's collection, intend to focus on a part of Davis' life and career with his mastery of the human form.Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis' female characters in film-such as Peter Pan's Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty's title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil-as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis.

"If you can't draw it, you can't animate it," Marc Davis once told an interviewer. He was proud of his drawing ability and had all the reasons for being so. Basically a self-taught artist, he honed his skills through a lonely childhood, and from his life experience he developed a keen sense of observation and ultimately became an excellent draftsman. Davis' gift for dramatic storytelling coupled with his ability to inject humanity, humor, and emotion into his drawings is what made him stand out.

"Marc can do story, he can do character, he can animate, he can design shows for me. All I have to do is tell him what I want and it's there. He's my Renaissance Man," said Walt Disney of Davis.

Davis' sense of style and ability commanded admiration and respect. Employed at The Walt Disney Studio for forty-three years, Marc Davis was a master whose skills proved essential to a wide variety of projects both in film and live entertainment. As one of Walt's renowned "Nine Old Men," Davis was the only of the nine whom Walt asked to help in the planning of attractions at Disneyland the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair. His creative contributions include attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a small world, and the Haunted Mansion, to name a few.

"Marc Davis became the most prolific Imagineer of his time in developing ideas and drawings for Disney Park attractions. There is a treasury of some of the world's best-known and most humorous characters," said Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar.

In 1947, Alice Estes-a promising artist from Long Beach, California-received a scholarship to the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute-a training ground for many Disney artists. With Alice's goals of becoming an animator crushed because of the male-dominance in the field at that time, Mrs. Chouinard herself assigned Alice to become a costume designer, and gave her the added task of assisting the new animation teacher, Marc Davis.

After her graduation, Alice married Davis, eventually working with him at The Walt Disney Studios and becoming one of the first female Imagineers. She designed costumes for a number of Disneyland attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Carousel of Progress-many based on her husband's whimsical drawings.

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Marc and Alice at Tivoli Gardens on their honeymoon, c. 1958;
Collection Alice Davis.

Both Alice and Marc worked with a team of Disney artists and engineers to design and dress the Audio-Animatronics® figures for it's a small world, including famed artist Mary Blair, one of Walt's most recognizable leading ladies.

The exhibition is aptly timed with MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair, on view from March 13 through September 7, 2014 in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.

Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17.

Admission is free for members.

Admission to this exhibition is free with paid museum admission or for members.

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May 30, 2013

The Art of Tyrus Wong - Walt Disney Family Museum

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The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Special Exhibition
Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong
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At age 102, Wong is the oldest living Chinese-American Artist

May 28, 2013, San Francisco, CA - From August 15, 2013 to February 3, 2014, The Walt Disney Family Museum will present the exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Organized by Michal Labrie, the museum's director of collections, the exhibition will focus on the life and work of Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong-a celebrated painter, muralist, kite maker, lithographer, Hollywood sketch artist, calligrapher, ceramicist, and Disney Legend. At age 102, Wong is still a practicing artist today.

This retrospective features more than 150 works including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, painted scarves, kites, and more. Although he never met Walt Disney, it was the ethereal beauty of Wong's Eastern influenced paintings that caught Walt's eye and became the inspiration for the animated feature Bambi, which changed the way animation art was presented, and continues to be an inspiration to contemporary artists.

Overcoming adversity, poverty, and racial discrimination, Wong used his passion and interpretation of the bold art of the Sung dynasty, and his experience working as a Depression- era muralist, California watercolorist, and film production illustrator, to become one of the bohemian artists whose creativity and drive helped shape the cultural, artistic life of Los Angeles during the 1930s and 40s.

In 1938, Wong took a job at the Walt Disney Studios as an inbetweener, one who goes through the tedious process of making "in-between" drawings that filled out the movement of the characters between the animators' key drawings. He recalled "At the end of the day, I thought my eyes were going to pop out," as he flipped through countless drawings of Mickey Mouse and stared at the light in the drawing board. When he heard that Disney's next feature-length film was going to be Bambi, he saw an opportunity to present his work.

Wong read Felix Salten's Bambi and "thought the story was very, very nice-the feeling-you could almost smell the pine," and made sample sketches creating the lush mountain and forest settings, inspired by Sung dynasty landscape paintings. He had a different approach and one that had never been seen before in an animated film. He explained, "I tried to keep it very, very simple and create the atmosphere, the feeling of the forest." Tom Codrick, the film's art director, was impressed with his sensitive style, which was vastly different from the more ornate style of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which preceded it. Tyrus's Chinese-inspired sketches and paintings set the look and tone for Bambi, and were some of the most strikingly beautiful art ever produced at the Walt Disney Studios.

In 2001, Wong was named a Disney Legend, and his work continues to inspire and influence the leading animators of today.

The exhibition also includes paintings, hand painted ceramics and silk scarves, original greeting cards, works on paper, and his latest work including handmade and hand-painted kites, which range in size from six inches to 100 feet.

About Tyrus Wong

Wong was born in Canton (now Guangzhou), China in 1910. In 1919, he and his father immigrated to America leaving behind Wong's mother and sister, whom they never saw again. Arriving in the United States, they were initially held on Angel Island because of the Chinese Exclusion Act. After their release from Angel Island, they settled in Sacramento, later moving to Los Angeles's Chinatown neighborhood.

Early Years
Wong's interest in painting and drawing emerged at an early age. Though they were poor, his father encouraged his talents by having him practice calligraphy by dipping his brushes in water and "painting" on newspaper. Indifferent to school, he dropped out of Benjamin Franklin Junior High in Pasadena, CA to attend the Otis Art Institute on a full scholarship. There he received formal western art training while studying the art of the Sung Dynasty at the Los Angeles Central Library in his free time.

Despite graduating in the midst of the Depression, Wong led an active life as an artist. He exhibited work throughout the country, including a 1932 group exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute that featured Pablo Picasso. Wong and other young Asian artists including Hideo Date and Benji Okubo gained recognition by exhibiting as the "Orientalists." Wong was also hired as part of the Federal Arts Project, a branch of the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration (WPA). His work during this period was heavily influenced by his friend, the highly regarded modernist painter Stanton MacDonald-Wright, best known for his use of rich harmonious colors (a style referred to as "synchrony") and his integration of Chinese compositions.

The Dragon's Den

Though he exhibited regularly, Wong and his fellow artists struggled to survive. Their answer was the Dragon's Den, a subterranean, trendy, Chinatown restaurant that attracted Hollywood stars such as Peter Lorre, Anna Mae Wong, and Sydney Greenstreet. It stood out among the chop suey joints of Chinatown and was the brainchild of close friend Richard See. It boasted wall to wall to murals and hand painted menus by Wong and his fellow artists. It was there that he met Ruth Kim, his future wife.

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In 1938, following his marriage and birth of his first daughter, Wong said he "needed a job." It was at that time he began at Disney as an "inbetweener," drawing hundreds of sketches of Mickey Mouse. He found the work tedious and numbing. When he heard that the studio was in pre-production on the feature film Bambi, he went home and painted several pictures of a deer in a forest. These small, but evocative sketches captured the attention of Walt Disney and became the basis for the film's visual style.


Warner Brothers

From Disney, Wong headed to nearby Warner Brothers, where he switched from fantasy to realism. He was hired as a production illustrator and sketch artist where he painted and sketched concept art for hundreds of live-action films, including Rebel Without A Cause, Calamity Jane, Harper, The Wild Bunch, Sands of Iwo Jima, Auntie Mame, April in Paris, and PT 109. He was frequently loaned out to Republic Pictures where he worked on many John Wayne westerns, a genre that would become a favorite of his. He stayed at Warner Bros. for the next 26 years until his retirement in 1968.

Throughout his years at the studio, Wong continued to paint and exhibit his fine art. In 1954, he was featured in a short film produced by Eliot O'Hara demonstrating Oriental brushwork techniques. His commercial work included designing greeting cards for over 20 years, illustrating magazine covers and children's books, and painting calligraphic style designs on Winfield ceramic ware that sold in high-end department stores.

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Kite Building

After retiring, he turned his attention to designing and building hand-made kites. His dozens of designs include multi-colored 100-foot centipedes, flocks of swallow, butterflies, and panda bears. In 1990, he and his kites were featured in the short film, Flights of Fancy. To this day, Wong flies his kites every month in Santa Monica.

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum.

FREE Special Program
On Saturday, August 17 from 11am to 5pm, The Walt Disney Family Museum and the Presidio Trust will host a FREE Family Kite Day Festival on the Presidio's Main Post Lawn to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Watch spectacular kites flown high above the Presidio-from acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs.

Enjoy food, games, and fun for the entire family including contests, kite making, and kite flying demonstrations, an antique ladder-climbing demonstration by the San Francisco Fire Department and much more. Free kites for kids will be available at the Make-a-Kite Pavilion so everyone will have a chance to soar!


ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

May 23, 2013

Walt Disney Family Museum - Explore a Gothic Wonderland

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HANG OUT WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE AND EXPLORE A GOTHIC WONDERLAND at THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM in JUNE!

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Camille Rose Garcia: Down the Rabbit Hole

Now through November 3, 2013 | Theater Gallery

Free for members or with Museum admission

Special exhibition Camille Rose Garcia: Down the Rabbit Hole features some 40 works by goth-inspired lowbrow artist Garcia alongside ten Alice in Wonderland concept paintings by Disney artist Mary Blair from the Museum's collection. Organized by guest curator Tere Romo, the exhibition celebrates not only Garcia and Blair's artistry across decades and artistic styles, but also the power of art to draw us into magical worlds that spark engagement and inspiration.

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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons

Now through July 7, 2013 | Special Exhibition Hall

Free for members. Non-members ticket price: $10 general | Combination ticket which includes general museum admission: $25 adults, $20 seniors & students, $15 children ages 6 to 17.

For six weeks only, the Museum presents Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, which features 50 works, by legendary author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, accompanied by 50 statements from celebrities, authors, and noted personalities on the influence of Sendak's work, all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his universally revered book, Where the Wild Things Are.

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SCREENINGS

Film of the Month: Where the Wild Things Are

Screens through June, daily at 11am, 1:30 & 4pm (except Tuesdays & select times-check our calendar online for exceptions) | Theater

Free for members or with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: $7 adult, $5 youth

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DISCUSSIONS

PANEL DISCUSSION | Stealing from Sendak

Saturday, June 1 | 3pm | Theater

Members: $18 adult, $14 youth | Non-members: $20 adult, $15 youth

For more than 40 years, Maurice Sendak's books have nurtured children and adults alike. The New York Times wrote that Sendak's work, "has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood." As an author and illustrator, Sendak influenced not only a generation of readers but also a new generation of picture book artists. This panel discussion brings together six award-winning Bay Area authors and illustrators to explore Sendak's influence on their own work and contemporary children's books. Join Ashley Wolff, Christy Hale, Lisa Brown, Jim Averbeck, Maria van Lieshout, and Julie Downing as they discuss how and why they, and so many others, have "stolen" from Sendak.

(Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons)


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TALKS | Disney/Pixar 101
Saturday, June 15 | 3pm | Theater
Members: $18 adult, $14 youth | Non-members: $20 adult, $15 youth
This multimedia event featuring Pixar producer Jonas Rivera and Disney historian Don Peri presents the stories of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and their interconnection with The Walt Disney Company.

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LOOK CLOSER | Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons
Friday-Sunday, June 21-23
11am, 1 & 3pm | Theater Gallery
Free for members or with Museum admission
Dig deeper into the work of Fantasia-inspired visionary Maurice Sendak. This gallery talk is in offered conjunction with special exhibition Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons.

PANEL DISCUSSION | Disney and the Mechanized Magic of Audio-Animatronics®
Saturday, June 22 | 3pm | Theater
Members: $18 adult, $14 youth | Non-members: $20 adult, $15 youth

Join us for a conversation about the incredible story of theme park animatronics featuring Garner Holt and special guests, Bob Gurr and Bill Farmer, who helped transform Walt Disney's vision for dimensional animated characters into reality.

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CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

OPEN STUDIO | Illustration and Storytelling in Children's Books
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 8 & 9 | 1-4pm | Learning Center
Free for members or with Museum admission
Drop in to participate in illustration activities and storytelling inspired by children's books.

LEARN FROM THE MASTERS | Where Do the Wild Things Go?
Saturday, June 1 | 10am-12:30pm| Learning Center
Members: $55 | Non-member: $60 adult, $45 student (valid student ID required)
Like a movie, a picture book is not just a single picture, but a sequence of narrative and images that tell a story. The text and illustrations work together to create a story arc. The layout of the text and pictures allows the story to build to a climax and resolution. This hands on workshop focuses on how to establish the rhythm of a book. Using text from a simple picture book, participants will learn about creating a story arc, using the page turn to create drama and the importance of the marriage of text and pictures.

About the Instructor: Julie Downing has written and or illustrated over 40 books for children. Her books have received many awards including a Parent's Choice Award, Bank Street College of Education Silver Medal, and a NY Public Library Best Books award. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and currently teaches Watercolor and Children's Book Illustration to both graduate and undergraduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her latest book, First Mothers, a biography of all the mothers of the presidents, was published in September 2012 by Clarion Books. She is currently working on a book about best friends, who just happen to be a mummy and a vampire.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS
ANIMATE YOUR NIGHT | Enchanted Tiki Oasis Pre-Party
Friday, June 21 | 7-10pm | Museum-wide
Members: $8 | Non-members: $12 | Ages 18+

Welcome to our tropical hideaway, you lucky people you! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room as we team up with the Tiki Oasis gang for an adventure-filled night of Hawaiiana. Join Charles Phoenix for a time travel tour extravaganza with his Retro Disneyland Slide Show. Enjoy eats from Wexler's and other food trucks. Sip on exotic cocktails from San Francisco's own Smuggler's Cove, while DJ Otto von Stroheim slings records all night long. Top your evening off with the Tiki Room's signature dessert, the Dole Whip.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and much more.

Hours: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Tickets: Free for members | Non-members: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 youth under 17, free for children 5 and under

October 19, 2012

Celebrate Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Walt Disney Family Museum

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November Exhibitions, Programs, and Events

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic

November 15, 2012-April 14, 2013 | Special Exhibition Hall

Special ticket price for Snow White: $10 general | Special combination ticket which includes general museum admission: $25 adults; $20 seniors and students; $15 children ages 6 to 17.
On view from November 15, 2012 to April 14, 2013, The Walt Disney Family Museum's special exhibition celebrates Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The exhibition features more than 200 works of art including conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches, and animation drawings. Also featured are delicate thumbnail layout watercolors, meticulously rendered pencil layouts, rare watercolor backgrounds, colorful cels, and vintage posters all illustrating how Walt Disney advanced the creation of an entirely new art form.

Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation

Through April 28, 2013 | Theater Gallery
Free for members or with Museum admission

Between Frames explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States in special effects, television, and film. The exhibition features behind-the-scenes photographs, rare armatures and puppets, and original storyboards from cult favorite films and television including King Kong, Gumby, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robot Chicken, and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and showcases stop motion innovators like Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Will Vinton, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and more.

SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

Film of the Month: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Screens daily at 11am, 1:30 & 4pm (except Tuesdays, 11/17 & 11/22) | Theater
Free for members or with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: $7 adult; $5 youth

From Page to Screen: The Evolution of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Saturday, November 17 | 3pm | Theater
General: $20 adult; $15 youth | Members: $18 adult; $14 youth

Join Lella Smith, exhibition curator and creative director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, with author and Disney historian J.B. Kaufman, as they retrace the remarkable chain of adaptions that led to the classic Disney animated feature. After the presentation, Kaufman will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue and his latest book The Fairest One of All.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Animate Your Night: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Opening Celebration
Friday, November 30 | 7-10pm | Museum-wide | Ages 18+
General: $10 | Members: $5

Look Closer: The Art and Production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Friday-Sunday, November 23-25
11am, 1 & 3pm | Gallery 4 | Free with Museum admission

Join us for a brief gallery talk to learn more about the art and production of Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

CLASSES + ACTIVITIES
Voice-over Workshop
Saturday, November 10
Class 1: 10am-1pm | Learning Center Media Studio
Class 2: 2pm-5pm | Learning Center Media Studio
General: $60 | Members: $55

Have you ever wondered how an animated character finds its voice? Learn how from Disney voice-over director and voice actor Ned Loft. This class focuses on performance for different applications in the art of voice-over acting. Don't miss this fun and inspiring class!
Space is limited. Registration required. Email: education@wdfmuseum.org to register or for more info.

Open Studio

The Art of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Character Model Sheets, and Inking and Painting
Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4 & 10-11
1-3pm | Learning Center Art Studio | Free for members or with Museum admission

Discover how animators and artists bring characters to life for a film like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Design your own character using model sheets like the ones on display in the museum galleries, and explore the process of inking and painting a character onto a clear animation cel.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

Hours: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Tickets: Free for members | General: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 youth under 17, free for children 5 and under

Where: 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129
415-345-6800

Website: waltdisney.org
facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
twitter.com/WDFMuseum

August 17, 2012

Walt Disney Family Museum September Events

Walt Disney Family Museum
FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM SHOWCASES OLD YELLER


September Programs, Exhibitions, and Events

San Francisco, CA - August 13, 2012-Animal lovers rejoice! Our furry friends will be in the spotlight all throughout September at The Walt Disney Family Museum, where we will be screening the classic Disney live-action film Old Yeller daily. Based on Fred Gibson's Newberry Honor-winning book of the same name, Old Yeller tells the moving tale of the mutual devotion between animals and their human companions.

Through the production of Old Yeller, Walt Disney sought to combine the popularity of his nature films as well as that of The Mickey Mouse Club by bringing to life a story that emphasized both animals and children-a story that would go on to capture the heart of audiences across the country. Old Yeller opened to great success in 1957, and was well-received by critics and audiences alike. The extraordinarily positive reception of Old Yeller encouraged Walt to continue his endeavors in the field of live-action. Since then, many more animal films have been made, but this tried and true Disney feature is perhaps the finest of its genre.

Old Yeller


SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia

Through September 16, 2012 | Theater Gallery - Free with Museum admission.

Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia features drawings by Heinrich Kley-Walt Disney's most admired European illustrator-paired with art from Disney's famed animated film Fantasia (1940). The exhibition includes 29 drawings by Kley alongside more than 25 sketches, concept art, and maquettes from the Walt Disney classic film. Also on view are three of Kley's sketchbooks which feature some 50 pages of intricate drawings. The Kley artworks are from Walt Disney's personal collection and are on view for the first time as a collection in the United States.

Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation

September 27, 2012-April 28, 2013 | Theater Gallery - Free with Museum admission.

This special exhibition explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States in special effects, television, and film. Between Frames tells the story of a 100-year-old art form that launched Walt Disney's career in animation. The exhibition features behind-the-scenes photographs, rare armatures and puppets, and original storyboards from cult favorite films and television including King Kong, Gumby, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robot Chicken, and The Nightmare Before Christmas and showcases stop motion innovators like Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Will Vinton, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and others.

SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS


Film of the Month: Old Yeller (1957)

Screens daily at 11am, 1:30 and 4pm (except Tuesdays, September 22, 29 and 30. No 4pm screening on September 15) | Theater
Free with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: General: $7; Child: $5

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
The Bridge on the Big Screen: Movies Starring the Golden Gate Bridge
Monsters vs. Aliens
Saturday, September 15 | 6pm | Theater

Free on a first-come, first-served basis, tickets available at 10am
Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco, will introduce the film with a presentation titled, On Location: the Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen. Offered in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Bay Area's beloved icon, this program features hilariously horrifying film depictions of the Bridge. After the presentation we will be screening Monsters vs. Aliens.

Old Yeller conversation with Ron Miller and actor Kevin Corcoran, moderated by Don Peri

Saturday, September 22 at 3pm | Theater

General: $12 adult, $9 youth | Members: $10 adult; $7 youth

Old Yeller, one of Walt Disney's most memorable and poignant films, will be the focus of a discussion featuring Kevin Corcoran, who played the part of Arliss in the movie, and former Disney CEO Ron Miller, who served as second assistant on the film. Disney historian Don Peri will moderate the discussion as the speakers share their stories and memories about the making of this 1957 Disney favorite.


Disney Films with Dogs: Weekend Long Marathon Screening

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30
All Day | Theater | Free with Museum admission

Saturday: 101 Dalmatians, The Shaggy Dog, GreyFriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
Sunday: Lady and the Tramp, The Incredible Journey

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Animate Your Night: Where It's AT-AT™!
Friday, September 28 | 7-10pm | Museum-wide
Members: $5 | General: $10

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new special exhibition Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation, which reveals the magic behind movie creatures such as King Kong, the Jurassic Park Velociraptors, and the revered Star Wars AT-AT!

San Francisco SPCA and The Walt Disney Family Museum Adopt-a-Thon

Saturday, September 29 | 12-3pm | Main Parade Ground in the Presidio | Free

The WDFM has gone to the dogs during the month of September and is hosting its first Doggie Adopt-a-Thon in partnership with the SFSPCA and other local rescue groups. Join in the fun on the front lawn as we participate in animal education and help our furry, four-legged friends find new homes.

Look Closer: The Family Saddles
Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30
11am, 1 and 3pm | Gallery 8 | Free with Museum admission

Join us for a brief gallery talk to learn more about the Disney family's riding saddles.


CLASSES + ACTIVITIES

Open Studio
Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2

1-3pm (drop-in activity) | Learning Center Art Studio | Free with Museum admission
Come experience, explore, and experiment with us in Open Studio. Every first weekend of the month we will be experimenting with different art forms such as performance, fine art, and design.

Disney Discoveries
Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9

1-3pm | Learning Center | Free with Museum admission
In the spirit of classic Disney westerns, join us to make your very own dreamcatcher! This Native American craft is intended to ensnare nightmares and let good dreams through.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

Hours: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Tickets: Free for members | General: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 youth under 17, free for children 5 and under

Where: 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129
415-345-6800

Website: waltdisney.org
facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
twitter.com/WDFMuseum

March 23, 2012

SPRING INTO STYLE WITH CINDERELLA THIS APRIL AT THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM

San Francisco, CA - March 21, 2012-The Walt Disney Family Museum is exploring the quality, style, and nature of the art and design of Disney films by celebrating the timeless feature-length animated film Cinderella-the classic rags-to-riches story about a beautiful girl who finds her happily-ever-after with Prince Charming through a fairy godmother, a little magic, and a glass slipper.


After its release on February 15, 1950, Cinderella quickly became the highest grossing film of the year and the profits helped the Disney Studios produce more successful feature-length films throughout the decade including Peter Pan and Alice and Wonderland.


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Concept art for Cinderella by Mary Blair.
Photo courtesy The Walt Disney Company, ©Disney.

FILM SCREENINGS

Cinderella (1950) - Screens daily at 1 and 4 p.m. (except Tuesdays and April 14, 15, and 28)

Admission to the film is $7 general; $5 under 17; or free with paid Museum admission.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Cinderella Style: The Evolution of Disney Animation
Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
$12 general; $9 under 17

Oscar®-winning Pixar director and Disney expert Ralph Eggleston discusses the evolving design sophistication of Disney animation-specifically the post-war streamlining and innovations brought to the forefront with the production of Cinderella. Not simply focusing on art, Eggleston will also provide an understanding of the cultural context that helped shape Cinderella, and its impact on Walt's subsequent animation production. Illustrated with rare art, photos, and film clips, this program offers insight into Walt's effort to again make his Studio the reigning force in feature animation.

Look Closer: Concept Art for Cinderella

Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29 1 and 3 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.

Get a more detailed view of the concept art from Cinderella-predominantly painted by the legendary Mary Blair-as the Look Closer series offers a close-up view of The Ladies of the Ink and Paint Department at 1 and 3 p.m.

CLASSES + ACTIVITIES

Disney Discoveries

Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 1-3 p.m. | Learning Center Art Studio
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Make all your wishes come true! Visit our Learning Center and create your very own magic wand in this month's Disney Discoveries.
Free with Museum admission.

Improv for Animators

Saturday, April 21 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Learning Center Art Studio

Learn the basics of improvisation through games and exercises. Tap into your creativity to be fearless and find the "truth" of the moment. Discover improvisational approaches to character creation. The class is taught by professional improviser, Jill Bourque, who created the international hit improv theater show, How We First Met.

Space is limited. Registration and additional fee required. Contact: education@wdfmuseum.org


Improv for Voice Over

Saturday, April 28 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Learning Center Art Studio

Led by professional improviser Jill Bourque, this course will teach the basics of improv and how to apply it to voice over work. Learn how to trust and use your instincts by tapping into your creativity. Improv games and exercises will help you find your creative flow, resulting in stronger choices when you're in the voice over booth.

Space is limited. Registration and additional fee required. Contact: education@wdfmuseum.org

Tickets for all films and programs are available at the Walt Disney Family Museum Member Services and Reception Desk or online at waltdisney.org.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17;
Admission is free for members.

Where: 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129
415-345-6800

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
www.twitter.com/WDFMuseum

February 2, 2012

AWARD WINNERS CELEBRATED AT THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM

San Francisco, CA - January 31, 2012-February is awards season, and The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating with film presentations and visitor programs throughout the month.

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to several Oscar® winners, including Pixar and Lucasfilm, but there is only one place where you can get an up-close look at more than 20 of the famous statuettes-The Walt Disney Family Museum. Walt Disney personally won 32 Academy Awards® throughout his career. To this day, Walt still holds the record for the most awards won by an individual. Former Oscar host Bob Hope once quipped, "The management has informed me that they're not responsible for Oscars left over 30 days. After that, they're automatically turned over to Walt Disney."

Screening this month in the Museum's state-of-the-art digital theater is a collection of Walt's award-winning True-Life Adventures films. Produced between 1948 and 1960, these shorts and features won a cumulative 8 Academy Awards, and have inspired naturalist filmmakers and conservationists for decades (see below for a complete program). Among the films being screened in February will be the Best Documentary Feature winners The Vanishing Prairie (1954) and The Living Desert (1953); and the Best Short Subject winners Bear Country (1953), Water Birds (1952), Nature's Half Acre (1951), Beaver Valley (1950) and Seal Island (1948, the first film in the series). Admission to film presentations is free with paid Museum Admission.

On Saturday, February 18 at 3:00 pm, the special program And the Award Goes to...Walt Disney offers a one-of-a-kind showcase of Walt Disney's Award Winners. Hosted by author, Disney historian and friend of the Museum Jeff Kurtti, this program offers a look at highlights of Walt Disney's Oscar-winning films, including rarities such as Parade of the Award Nominees (1932), Ferdinand the Bull (1938), and Grand Canyon (1958); as well as trailers and rare footage and photos of Walt at the Oscar ceremonies. (Separate admission required.)

On Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm, the special program Walt Disney's Worlds of Nature will feature Academy Award-nominated producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Matchgirl) and a presentation about Walt's pioneering and frequently-emulated True-Life Adventures films, and showing the relationship between that series and the acclaimed Disneynature documentaries (Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and the upcoming Chimpanzees) for which Hahn serves as executive producer. (Separate admission required.)


Tickets for all films and programs are available at the Member Services and Reception Desk at the Museum, or online at www.waltdisney.org.

SCREENINGS

February 1 through 7 (Daily at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Seal Island (27:00)
Beaver Valley (32:00)
Nature's Half Acre (33:00)

February 8 through 14 (Daily at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Water Birds (30:00)
Vanishing Prairie (71:00)

February 15 through 21 (except February 18) (Daily at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Bear Country (33:00)
The Living Desert (69:00)

February 22 through 29 (except February 25 and 26) (Daily at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Mysteries of the Deep (24:00)
Secrets of Life (70:00)

CLASSES + ACTIVITIES

Friday, February 24; Saturday, February 25; and Sunday, February 26
Look Closer: Cameras used for the True-Life Adventures series
1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Gallery 8 (Museum Admission Required)
Take a more detailed look at the creation of the pioneering True-Life Adventures films, and the cameras used in their filming.

Sunday, February 5
Sunday Story Time
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Theater Lobby (Museum Admission Required)
True stories unfold all around us! The stories this month will reflect the magic of the natural world and its inhabitants. This special program is designed for families with young children.

Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 19
Disney Discoveries!
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learning Center Art Studio (Museum Admission Required)
Are you going on a great adventure? Don't leave home without your very own adventurer's bag! Use it as a camera case, a collector of nature's treasures, or a tote for everyday travels! These fun totes will be made from recycled materials.


LIVE PERFORMANCE

Saturday February 11
A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney
3:00 pm
Special Exhibitions Hall (Separate Admission Required)
Paulway Chew is a renowned vocalist with over ten years of musical theater experience. She performed with a Chinese Malaysian theater group in Kuala Lumpur and has received nominations for Best Supporting and Best Leading Role as a Female Performer. Now residing in San Francisco, Paulway is a huge Disney fan and a Founding Member of the Museum. Her performance combines a beautiful story, amazing vocals, and audience participation for Disney fans of all ages.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney's achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17;
Admission is free for members.

Where: 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129
415-345-6800

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
www.twitter.com/WDFMuseum

July 21, 2011

The Walt Disney Family Museum - August 2011 Events Calendar

August 2011 Events Calendar
The Absent-Minded Professor is film-of-the-month
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Flubber is back! Professor Ned Brainard and his clever creation come to life on the big screen at the Walt Disney Family Museum in August to showcase the 1961 classic. Spend an entire day with veteran Disney director/writer John Musker, as he screens his own works and teaches animation classes exclusively at the museum. It's time to find your inner Walt - on the big screen of our state-of-the-art digital theater or in one of our many fun-filled classes!


FILM OF THE MONTH - August 1-August 31

The Absent-Minded Professor
1:00 & 4:00pm (daily except Tuesdays, and Saturday August 13)
Tickets at www.waltdisney.org

Bounce over to The Walt Disney Family Museum's screening of The Absent-Minded Professor to be Flubberghasted! Professor Ned Brainard is so engrossed in his chemistry experiment that he forgets all about his wedding! Come see how Flubber, the professor's experiment, saves the day!


Comedic Influences with J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt

Saturday August 13 3:00pm
Tickets at www.waltdisney.org
Ever wonder how Walt learned about comedy? Learn from Disney Authors and Historians, J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt, about how comedians Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, among others, influenced Walt Disney's works. Prepare for a fun filled journey from concept to laugh!


Look Closer: Mickey's Gala Premiere Animation Drawings

Friday August 26, Saturday August 27, Sunday August 28

1:00 & 3:00pm I Gallery 3
Free with paid Museum admission.


Classes + Activities

The Animator's Art: Youth Workshop
In Partnership with The San Francisco Film Society

Friday, August 5
10:00am-12:00pm I Learning Center Media Studio

Join Disney Animator, John Musker, and Museum staff for a unique exploration of animation character design and flipbook art. Musker will draw some of his favorite characters and show how it only takes a basic shape to bring a drawing to life. Students will create their own flipbook character and share their work with John at the end of the event. All materials provided. Presented in collaboration with the Pacific Film Archive, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in partnership with The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Price: Members $15, Non-Members $20
Reservations required. Purchase tickets at sffs.org or email education@sffs.org for more information.

The Animator's Art: Master Class
In Partnership with The San Francisco Film Society

Friday, August 5
5:00-6:30pm

John Musker will explore his process of taking ideas from printed page to pixels, with lessons learned from the many artists he's worked with during the past 34 years. Purchase master class and a 7:00pm screening of John's animated film for an additional $5. Presented in collaboration with the Pacific Film Archive with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Price: Members $15, Non-Members $20
Reservations required. Purchase tickets at sffs.org or email education@sffs.org for more information.

A Screening of John Musker's Animated Works
In Partnership with The San Francisco Film Society

Friday, August 5
7:00-8:30pm

We will screen the work of veteran writer/director of Disney animated features, John Musker. Presented in collaboration with the Pacific Film Archive with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Price: Adults $7, Children $5, Masters Class participants $5
Reservations required. Purchase tickets at sffs.org or email education@sffs.org for more information.


Disney Discoveries!

Saturday August 13, Sunday August 21
1:00pm-3:00pm I Learning Center Art Studio

In honor of the film-of-the-month, The Absent-Minded Professor, join us in our Learning Center and make your own homemade flubber. This crazy putty will surely have you bouncing off the walls!

The Formula of Life: Follow-up to Armature Design for Stop Motion

Saturday August 20
10:00am-1:00pm ages 14-17 I 2:00-5:00pm Adults 18+

Learning Center Art Studio
Step into our lab and discover the formula that will bring your inanimate objects to life! You will experiment and focus on animated performance of a stop motion armature puppet! Registration required. Email education@wdfmuseum.org or call 415.345.6814
Price: Members $30, Non¬¬¬¬-Members $35


Voice-over Class: Intermediate

Saturday August 27
Workshop # 1 10:00am-1:00pm I Learning Center Media Studio
Workshop # 2 2:00-5:00pm I Learning Center Media Studio

This intermediate class by Disney voice-over artist, Ned Lott, is a follow-up course to our introductory workshop. You will receive further training on how to use your body as the instrument to help further develop your own creative character voices. Don't miss this fun and inspiring class. Registration required. Email education @wdfmuseum.org or call 415.345.6814.
Price: Members $55, Non-Members $60


Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-345-6800

Admissions: Various: visit www.waltdisney.org for details

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
www.twitter.com/WDFMuseum

May 19, 2011

Beloved Bambi Tops The Walt Disney Family Museum June 2011 Events Calendar

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The Presidio, San Francisco (May 16, 2011) - Bambi, Thumper, Flower and Faline come to life at the Walt Disney Family Museum in June with showings of the 1941 classic on the big screen, a live study sketch class with real animals (the same way Walt and his team learned their endearing animal animation skills), and conversations about Disney legend/Bambi landscape artist Tyrus Wong. It's time to fall in love with Bambi all over again - on the big screen of our state-of-the-art digital theater!

FILM OF THE MONTH - June 1-June 30 (except Tuesdays and June 11 + 25)
Bambi (1941)

1pm and 4pm daily, Theater; $5/children; $7/adults
Tickets at www.waltdisney.org

Saturday, June 11 - The Art of Tyrus Wong
3pm, Theater

Tickets at www.waltdisney.org

Disney legend and landscape artist Tyrus Wong had a real gift for evoking incredible feeling in his paintings. Walt saw that Ty was able to produce exquisite watercolor paintings that brought the audience into the forest and made the environment feel real and alive. Walt Disney's vision for Bambi and use of Tyrus' work influences many films today. Animation experts Charles Solomon, Pixar's Ralph Eggleston, and Paul Felix discuss the art of Bambi and how it forever shaped animation and continues to influence today's films.

Saturday, June 25 - The Anatomy of an Animal: Animating a Deer with J.B. Kaufman
3pm, Theater

Tickets at www.waltdisney.org
Walt Disney went to great lengths to ensure that his animators had everything they needed in order to draw animals realistically for Bambi. Real fawns were brought into the studio so that the animators would be able to study the animals and sketch them from every angle. This "life study," along with advanced anatomy classes and trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, made the production of Bambi a slow process, but the study-paired with the emotion-made for a spectacular and heart-wrenching film. Noted author and historian J.B. Kaufman discusses the visual style and evolution of this Disney classic.

Saturday, June 4 - Finger Painting for Big Kids: Intro to Painting

1-4pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Learn painting at its most fundamental level - finger painting; mix colors while exploring the color wheel, and experiment with acrylic paints and water colors. Adopt the vocabulary of an artist and learn the ins and outs of caring for artist tools and paints. Registration required at education@wdfmuseum.org or 415-345-6814. Members: $40 / Non-Members: $45

Saturday, June 25 - Live Study Sketch Session with Petting Zoo

10am-12pm, Front Lawn (weather permitting)
Free with paid Museum admission

Learn to animate animals just like Walt Disney. Don't miss this opportunity to join an artist and sketch live animals on the Museum's front lawn.

Saturday, June 11 + Sunday, June 19 - Disney Discoveries

1-3pm, Learning Center Art Studio
Bring the forest scenes from Bambi to life by creating a 3D diorama Capture the beauty of the trees and the drama of the "little April showers" scene in a miniature woodland landscape.

June 24, 25 + 26 - Look Closer: Bambi concept art by Disney legend Tyrus Wong
3pm, Gallery 5

The Look Closer series provides tips and little known details about the artifacts in the galleries. June's five to eight minute staff-led gallery talks offer a peek behind the scenes of the creation of Bambi.


Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-345-6800

Admissions: Various: visit www.waltdisney.org for details

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
www.twitter.com/WDFMuseum

April 28, 2011

The Walt Disney Family Museum May 2011 Events Calendar

Join us for Dumbo-themed screenings, classes, activities and fun! Plus a Salute to Walt Disney Studios during World War II
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SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

FILM OF THE MONTH - May 1-May 31
Dumbo (1941)
1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater
(except Tuesdays and May 21 + 22)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

May 21 - World War II: Fighting the War with Ink and Paint
3:00pm, Theater

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
It was the day after Pearl Harbor when the U.S. Army moved into the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California. Not only was the Studio a conv

April 1, 2011

The Walt Disney Family Museum April 2011

April 2011 Events Calendar

Join us for Alice in Wonderland-themed screenings, activities and fun!

Take a "Look Closer" at the Art and Flair of Prominent Disney Artist Mary Blair

SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

FILM OF THE MONTH - April 1-April 30
Alice in Wonderland (1958)
1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater
(except Tuesdays and April 9, 10, 16 + 17)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

April 9 - Exploring the Gardens of Wonderland: An Illustrated Talk by Horticulturist Robert Hornback with Disney historian Paula Sigman Lowery
3:00pm, Theater

Follow horticulturist Bob Hornback through the Gardens of Wonderland and learn about the Queen of Hearts, her roses and The Garden of Live Flowers. Disney historian Paula Sigman Lowery will provide little known information about the Disney classic adapted from Lewis Carroll's book. A screening of the movie will follow the program. Don't be late! For more information on the program, visit www.gardenconservancy.com.

CLASSES

Saturday, April 16 - Introduction to Voice-over - SOLD OUT.
1:00-4:00pm, Learning Center Media Studio
Find the voices within you in this interactive introductory workshop with Disney voice-over artist Ben Hoppe. You will learn about the voice-over industry and have the chance to step up to the mic yourself and breathe life into a character. This workshop is best suited for participants with no previous voice-over experience. Registration required. Email education@wdfmuseum.org or call 415.345.6814. Price: Members: $55 // None-Members: $60

APRIL DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Saturday, April 9 + Sunday, April 17
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio
"One side will make you grow taller and the other side will make you grow shorter." Use colorful paper, recycled materials, glitter and glue to make a tiny or oversized hanging wonderland garden of your own creation.

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! Join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

LOOK CLOSER:
April 29 + 30 - Look Closer: The Mary Blair Paint Stand
3:00 pm, Lower Lobby

Mary Blair (1911-1978) was one of Walt Disney's most brilliant conceptual designers, helping define the look of such classics as Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953). She also brought her distinctive, colorful style to children's books, advertisements, theatrical set designs, and theme park attractions, including "It's A Small World," and the deceptively naive style of her commercial artwork belied great visual sophistication in everything from color choices to composition. Mary's colorful Paint Stand is located in the Lower Lobby of our Museum!

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

January 21, 2011

The Walt Disney Family Museum February 2011 Events Calendar

Love is in the air this February, and so are puppies
" 101 of them, to be exact!

Join us for 101 Dalmatians-themed screenings, activities and fun!

Celebrate Disney Academy Award-winning films with KRON's Jan Wahl

Look Closer at Mrs. Disney's Oscar-Charm Bracelet


SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS
FILM OF THE MONTH - February 1 - February 28
101 Dalmatians (1961)
1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater-
(except Tuesdays and February 12, 13, 14 + 20)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
Cruella De Vil is out to kidnap Pongo and Perdita's 101 Dalmatian puppies. Watch as the puppies tromp through snow and trek o'er the countryside to escape the fate of an evil fashionista.

February 12 - Designing a Contemporary Classic: The Art and Process of 101 Dalmatians
With Floyd Norman, Andreas Dejas, and Don Iwerks
3:00pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
This panel of Disney animators and innovators will discuss the unique style of 101 Dalmatians, how it differed from other Disney films, and why it was such a successful and revolutionary film. Hear about the groundbreaking new technological advancement of the Xerox® process, what this new technology meant to the animation industry, and how the Disney team produced all those spots!

February 20 - REEL GLAMOROUS with Jan Wahl
3:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
We're rolling out the red carpet with KRON's Jan Wahl as we celebrate Disney Academy Award®-winning (and nominated) films. Watch clips from Flowers and Trees to Mary Poppins and learn about the 26 Academy Awards won by Walt Disney for individual achievements. This event will be paired with wine from Silverado Vineyards and snacks from Wolfgang Puck Catering. This is a seated event with limited tickets.

ACTIVITY
Sunday, February 13 + Monday, February 14 - Celebrate Valentine's Day
11:00am-4:00pm, Theater and Learning Center
Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Walt Disney Family Museum! We will be screening shorts throughout the day and you'll have the opportunity to snap a series of photo-strip pictures with your sweetheart, just like Walt and his wife Lily did!

FEBRUARY DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES
DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Saturday, February 12 + Sunday, February 20
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio
In honor of the film of the month, you can make your own 101 Dalmatians picture frame. Using recycled materials, decorate a picture frame that will have you seeing spots!

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

LOOK CLOSER:
February 25, 26 + 27 - Look Closer: Lily Disney's Oscar® Bracelet
3:00 pm, Gallery 7b
Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

December 24, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum January 2011 Events Calendar

The Walt Disney Family Museum
January 2011 Events Calendar

Celebrate the New Year with a New Voice!
A Visit from the Voice of Donald Duck, Tony Anselmo
Get Animated with Our New Voice-Over Workshop!

Join us for Donald Duck-themed screenings, activities and fun!


SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS
FILM OF THE MONTH - January 2-31
Donald Duck Favorites
1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater
(except Tuesdays and January 15 and 22)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
Donald Duck made his debut in 1934 and had starred in 128 Donald Duck cartoons by 1961. Join us for a screening of some of our favorites, including, Mr. Duck Steps Out, Donald's Dilemma, Slide Donald Slide, and Donald's Diary.

January 22 - From the Mouth of the Duck: Designing a Voice with Tony Anselmo
3:00pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org
Tony Anselmo, Disney Legend, animator, and voice-over artist, will discuss his start at the Walt Disney Studio, his friendship with Clarence "Ducky" Nash, and how he carried on the legacy of voicing one of the most popular animated characters of all time. A quacking, squawking, and talking demonstration will be included in this program.


CLASSES
Saturday, January 15 - Voice-over Workshop
1:00pm-4:00pm, Learning Center Media Studio
Find the voices within you in this interactive workshop in our Media Studio. You will learn about the voice-over industry and have the chance to step up to the mic yourself, speak in different dialects, and breathe life into a character. Registration required.
Email education@wdfmuseum.org or call 415.345.6814.

JANUARY DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Saturday, January 8 + Sunday, January 16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio
Use the comic books in our galleries for inspiration as you create your very own Donald Duck comic book.

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

LOOK CLOSER:
January 28, 29 + 30 - Look Closer: Donald Duck Doll
3:00 pm, Gallery 3
Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org
www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

December 1, 2010

WHAT WOULD WALT DO? ...THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM CELEBRATED FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH A YOUTUBE CONTEST

SAN FRANCISCO November 30, 2010 - The Walt Disney Family Museum opened its doors in the Presidio of San Francisco almost a year ago on October 1, and to commemorate its first anniversary, the Museum had announced the launch of a YouTube Video Contest.

From September 27 to November 15, 2010, participants were invited to submit a short promotional video about the one-of-a-kind Museum that explores the fascinating life of Walt Disney, which includes ten interactive galleries that feature early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a 14-foot model of Disneyland and much more.

The Walt Disney Family Museum had produced a short instructional video to outline the contest rules and regulations, which can be viewed at http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest and at www.youtube.com/user/WDFMuseum.

It was a tough decision, but after a lot of thought and deliberation, we are proud to announce our Contest winners!

Contest Winners:
The Grand Prize package goes to RAY BAILEY. Ray will receive a 3 hour editorial session in the WDFM Learning Center Media Studio, a Kodak PlaySport camera, a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, dinner for two at La Terrasse Restaurant in the Presidio of San Francisco, as well as a Dual Membership, and a goodie bag from the Museum Store-which includes an autographed copy of the Museum's book.

The second prize winner goes to CHARLIE WOOD. Charlie will receive an individual one-year membership to the Museum, goodie bag from the store, and an autographed copy of "The Man, the Magic and the Memories", while the third prize winner, Andres Gonzalez, will walk away with free admission to the Museum, a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store, and a copy of the book.

All winners and winning videos can be viewed on STORYBOARD (http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com).

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco. The Museum illuminates Walt Disney's tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation, produce classic motion pictures and develop the first great American theme park. The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday - Monday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.

October 22, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum December 2010 Events Calendar

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"Christmas with Walt Disney" A Special Holiday Film Exclusive at The Walt Disney Family Museum
Disney Legends Alice Davis and Marge Champion Share Their Memories of Walt Disney on December 5
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SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

FILM OF THE MONTH - November 26-December 31
Christmas with Walt Disney

1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater

(except Tuesdays, December 5, December 11 and December 25.)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Produced exclusively for the Museum by Don Hahn, (The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast) this special holiday screening includes The Nutcracker Suite from Fantasia (1940), Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952), scenes from the television Christmas specials, and rarely-seen home movies of Walt and his family. See how Walt celebrated Christmas at the studio, at Disneyland, and at home!


December 5 - Memories of Walt: A Conversation with Legends
3:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Join us on Walt's birthday as we hear from Disney Legends who worked directly with him. Alice Davis, costume designer for Disney films and attractions, and Animator Marc Davis's wife, and Marge Champion, a dancer, choreographer & live-action reference model for characters such as Snow White, Pinocchio's Blue Fairy and more-will be with us to discuss, celebrate, and honor Walt Disney. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from these legendary women!

December 11 - A Tribute to Art Linkletter

3:00 pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Celebrate the life and career of one of America's most popular television hosts-he hosted the live broadcast of the opening day of Disneyland!-and a great friend of Walt Disney's: Art Linkletter! Author and historian Don Peri will talk with Art's daughter, Sharon, about what it was like to grow up in the LInkletter household.

MUSIC

December 18 - Artists' Vocal Ensemble: A Candlelight Christmas

4:00pm and 6:15pm, Special Exhibition Hall

Join us for an evening of Christmas songs and carols. This hour long program will include contemporary American carols, anthems, and will conclude with a festive family sing-a-long. A perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

DECEMBER DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES
DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

December 11 - Disney Discoveries
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Join us in the holiday spirit and bring your creativity! We will be making holiday ornaments that you can hang from your tree or window.

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

LOOK CLOSER:

December 17, 18 + 19 - Look Closer: Walt's Skis
11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Gallery 3

Walt was an avid skier, and in the Disney short starring Goofy-"The Art of Skiing"-you can even see influences of Walt in the Goof himself! Join us in Gallery 3 on December 17, 18 +19 to learn more about Walt Disney's skis and his love for this snowy sport.

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org

www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

October 15, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum November 2010 Events Calendar

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Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse - 82 Years Young on November 18!

We Celebrate with Three Original Mouseketeers, Bobby, Sharon and Cubby when they visit the Museum on Saturday, November 20.

Join us for Mickey-themed screenings, activities and fun!

SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

FILM OF THE MONTH - November 1-24

A Month of Mickey Mouse and Friends (1928-1942)

1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater

(except Tuesdays, November 13, and November 20.)

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Join us in our Theater for a selection of Mickey Mouse cartoons including: Steamboat Willie, the Karnival Kid, The Band Concert, Mickey's Birthday Party, and more!

November 13 - The Evolution of Mickey Mouse with Vincent Vedrenne

3:00pm, Theater

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Learn about the history of Mickey Mouse and his transformation over the years. Vincent Vedrenne, an executive in The Walt Disney Company's Office for Corporate Brand Management, guides us throughout the different stages of Mickey's development, how he was conceived, and what he has come to represent around the world.

November 20 - M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E Club

3:00 pm, Theater

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Here's your chance to share Mickey Mouse memories when three of the original Mouseketeers come to the Museum! Join Bobby, Sharon, and Cubby as they talk with Lorraine Santoli, author of The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book, about what it was like to work with Walt.

MUSIC

November 7 - Volti Chamber Chorus

4:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall

Join us in our Special Exhibition hall to hear Volti's professional vocalists, under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Robert Geary. The ensemble encourages, fosters, and showcases contemporary American music and composers, to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences.

CLASSES

November 6 - From Storyboard to Animatics

1:00pm-4:00pm, Learning Center Art Studio

In collaboration with The Cartoon Art Museum.

Instructor and Animation Industry Professional: James Scott Hummel.

In this beginning-level class, we will explore that magical moment where the static storyboards of a cartoon are combined with filming techniques, voice-over and sound effects to create the animatic. Registration required.

NOVEMBER DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

November 13 - Disney Discoveries!

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

In honor of Mickey's birthday, come and create your very own Mickey Mouse statue. Using a variety of materials, assemble and paint your own one-of-a-kind version of our beloved Disney character.

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

LOOK CLOSER:

November 26, 27 + 28 - Look Closer: Earliest Known Drawings of Mickey Mouse

11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Gallery 2

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.


November 18 - Sketch Mickey: Mickey Mouse's Birthday!
11:00 am-5:00 pm, Learning Center

Drop into our Art Studio and draw your favorite version of Mickey Mouse; the pre-1939 more rounded Mickey, the pear-shaped Mickey of the early 40s, or create the Mickey of your imagination!

Where:

The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94129

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org

www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum


September 28, 2010

What Would Walt Do?

WHAT WOULD WALT DO?
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THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY
WITH A YOUTUBE CONTEST

Submissions Invited between
September 27 and November 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO September 27, 2010 - The Walt Disney Family Museum opened its doors in the Presidio of San Francisco almost a year ago on October 1, and to commemorate its first anniversary, the Museum has announced the launch of a YouTube Video Contest.

From September 27 to November 15, 2010, participants are invited to submit a short promotional video about the one-of-a-kind Museum that explores the fascinating life of Walt Disney, which includes ten interactive galleries that feature early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a 14 foot model of Disneyland and much more. Videos should have a running time between :30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, and the 3 top videos will be showcased on the Museum's blog and YouTube channel.

The Walt Disney Family Museum has produced a short instructional video to outline the contest rules and regulations, which can be viewed at http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest and at www.youtube.com/user/WDFMuseum.

Contest Prizes:
The Grand Prize package includes a 3 hour editorial session in the WDFM Learning Center Media Studio, a Kodak PlaySport camera, a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, dinner for two at La Terrasse Restaurant in the Presidio of San Francisco, as well as a Dual Membership, and a goodie bag from the Museum Store-which includes an autographed copy of the Museum's book.

The second prize winner will receive an individual one-year membership to the Museum, goodie bag from the store, and an autographed copy of "The Man, the Magic and the Memories", while the third prize winner will walk away with free admission to the Museum, a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store, and a copy of the book.

On November 29, the three winning videos will be announced on The WDFM's blog, (http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest), as well as Facebook and Twitter, with a posting of the first prize winner's video on our blog.

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco. The Museum illuminates Walt Disney's tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation, produce classic motion pictures and develop the first great American theme park. The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday - Monday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.


The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org

www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

August 26, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum September 2010 Events Calendar

Pay Tribute to the King of the Wild Frontier
During a Weekend Dedicated to Fess Parker

Pair San Francisco-centric Film with Local Food and Wine
When film critic Jan Wahl presents "Reel Local"

SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

FILM OF THE MONTH: Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater

(except Tuesdays and September 12, 18, 19 and 25.)

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Watch Fess Parker fight for freedom at the Alamo in this classic Disney film. Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier is a memorable live action movie about a legendary American folk hero.

September 12 - REEL LOCAL with Jan Wahl

3:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Join us for an afternoon of Bay Area film and food. San Francisco is the star of this Reel Local film program that features popular cinematic hits and local, mouth-watering treats. From Vertigo to Dirty Harry, experience San Francisco through the eyes of top filmmakers while you snack on unbeatable Bay Area bites, wine, and brews.

A TRIBUTE TO ACTOR FESS PARKER

September 18 + 19

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Join us for a one-of-a-kind celebration of the life and career of one of the most popular and renowned of Disney's players, Fess Parker. Jeff Kurtti, one of the leading authorities on The Walt Disney Company and its history, will moderate this special weekend.


September 18 - Davy Crockett Marathon: Davy Crockett Season One

10:15am, Theater

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

"Davy Crockett Indian Fighter" (as originally broadcast December 15, 1954/"Disneyland" Season 1, Episode 8), "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" (as originally broadcast January 26, 1955/"Disneyland" Season 1, Episode 14), "Davy Crockett at the Alamo" (as originally broadcast February 23, 1955/"Disneyland" Season 1, Episode 18). Introduction by Disney Historian Jeff Kurtti.

September 18 - Davy Crockett Marathon: Davy Crockett Season Two

3:00pm, Theater

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

"Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" (as originally broadcast November 16, 1955/"Disneyland" Season 2, Episode 10), "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" (as originally broadcast December 14, 1955/"Disneyland" Season 2, Episode 13). Introduction by Disney Historian Jeff Kurtti.

September 19 - Our Dad, Fess Parker

3:00pm, Theater

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

The family of Fess Parker-Eli Parker, Ashley Parker Snider, and Tim Snider-will be on stage for a special tribute and panel discussion with Disney historian/moderator Jeff Kurtti that will feature rare film footage and photos of Parker's days at Disney.


SEPTEMBER DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

September 11 - Disney Discoveries! Davy Crockett Satchel

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Be inspired by Davy Crockett's frontiersman costume as you create your own hand-made satchel of felt and yarn.

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

LOOK CLOSER:

September 24, 25 + 26 - Look Closer: Photo of Walt with Fess Parker

11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Gallery 9

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

Website: www.waltdisney.org

www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum

Main Phone: 415-345-6800

July 14, 2010

Celebrate Disneyland’s 55th Anniversary July 16-18, 2010 at the The Walt Disney Family Museum

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets to these events are completely sold out, but not to worry: The @WDFMuseum will be live-tweeting from all three events! We will also be sending out a photo recap with highlights of our Disneyland 55 weekend.

On July 18, 1955, Disneyland officially opened its doors in southern California. Fifty-five years later, a rare gathering of Disney Legends, family members, former executives (2 Disneyland Presidents), Imagineers and other special guests are gathering in San Francisco at the new Walt Disney Family Museum - many of whom will share their personal stories about working with Walt.


Special Guests include:

Diane Disney Miller - daughter of Walt Disney (Friday, July 16 only)
Tony Baxter - current SR VP of Creative Development for Disneyland
Jack Lindquist - former President of Disneyland
Dick Nunis - Disney Legend and former Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions
Matt Ouimet - former President of Disneyland Resort
Buzz Price - Economist who helped Walt Disney find original site of Disneyland
Craig Russell - Current Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive,
Walt Disney Imagineering
Marty Sklar - Disney Legend and former Vice Chair of Imagineering
Bruce Vaughn - Current Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

WHERE: Special Exhibition Hall, The Walt Disney Family Museum - Main Post of
the Presidio, San Francisco

WHEN:
Friday, July 16, 2010 - 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 17 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 18 - 3:00 pm


The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

WEBSITE: waltdisney.org

TWITTER: twitter.com/wdfmuseum

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/TheWaltDisneyFamilyMuseum

June 5, 2010

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Walt Disney's Peter Pan to be Showcased in a Special Exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum Now - June 27, 2010
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Peter Pan, a story which captivated the imagination of Walt Disney as early as 1935, will be showcased in a special exhibition at The Walt Disney Family Museum now - June 27, 2010. The feature-length animated film, released in 1953, will also be celebrated as the Museum's film of the month in May.

Highlights of the exhibition include 16 original concept drawings by renowned Disney artist Mary Blair, which were loaned to the Museum by the Walt Disney Animation Studios Research Library. Also on display are 1930s character sketches, storyboard outlines, original concept art, model sheets, and vintage posters from the collection of the Walt Disney Family Foundation. This stunning collection of works, combined with special artifacts and Mary Blair's concept art, reveals the evolution and results of the 1953 film. This project was also the last in which all members of Disney's illustrious Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators.

A first edition copy of the play by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, is displayed alongside a "final treatment" of the Disney film dated from March 1946, and they are opened to the same moment in the story, when Wendy learns that Peter can fly.


Walt Disney's Peter Pan Special Exhibit

Now - June 27, 2010; 10AM-6PM (except Tuesdays)


WEBSITE: waltdisney.org

TWITTER: twitter.com/wdfmuseum

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/TheWaltDisneyFamilyMuseum

May 23, 2010

Walt Disney Family Museum - June 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum June 2010 Events Calendar
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Explore the Innovation in Animation Meet film producer and director Don Hahn In June at The Walt Disney Family Museum

FILM OF THE MONTH

Silly Symphonies (1929-1939)
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays and June 19 and June 26.)

Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Starting with The Skeleton Dance in 1929 and ending with The Ugly Ducking remake in 1939, the Silly Symphonies is a series of 75 cartoons based on musical themes. The film of the month comprises selections from the series, which feature a different cast of characters in each installment. Highlights include The Old Mill (1937), Flowers and Tress (1932), Music Land (1935) and The Three Little Pigs (1933).


JUNE LECTURES

June 19 - Innovations in Animation: Sound, Color, and Depth
3:00 pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Walt Disney tested new technologies in the Silly Symphonies and produced animated shorts with sound, color, and depth. Russell Merritt, professor of Film Studies at Berkeley and co-author of Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies, will discuss Music Land, Flowers and Trees, and The Old Mill among other groundbreaking shorts.

June 26 - Firsts in Animation: A Look Back and Forward with Don Hahn
3:00 pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Learn how Walt took risks that pushed the boundaries in the industry and changed animation forever. Film producer (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and director Don Hahn discusses "firsts in animation" and highlights the new technological and artistic developments in the industry.

JUNE DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

June 12 - Disney Discoveries! Silly Cartoon Cranked Moviola
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

The Disney Discoveries! Activities are free with paid admission to the Museum. No ticket is needed for members-just show your membership card.

LOOK CLOSER:

June 25, 26 + 27 - Look Closer: Multiplane Camera
11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Theater Lobby

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity. In the 15 - 30-minute gallery talk, staff will reveal little known facts and information not on the gallery label.

The Look Closer series is free with paid admission to the Museum. Members are always free and no ticket is needed. Just show your membership card.


The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.


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April 6, 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum May 2010

The Walt Disney Family Museum May 2010 Events Calendar
Fly off to Never Land and never grow up" Meet our original "Wendy" - Kathryn Beaumont in May at The Walt Disney Family Museum


FILM OF THE MONTH

Peter Pan (1940)
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays and May 22.)
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

May you never grow up! Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk you away to Never Land where adventures with fairies and pirates abound. May you live a magical and mischievous life forever!


MUSIC

May 1 - StringCircle Quartet
4:00 pm, Special Exhibition Hall
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

The StringCircle Quartet plays an unusual and exciting piece by composer George Onslow (1784-1853). Onslow's work was admired by both Beethoven and Schubert. Jonathan Dimmock joins in for the Piano Quintet in E-flat major of Robert Schumann.


MAY LECTURES

May 22 - Voice-over in Animation: Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Wendy
3:00 pm, Theater
Tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Discover what it was like to be the voice of Wendy in Peter Pan from Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont! She will discuss her experiences as a voice-over artist, what it was like to work with Walt, and how animation and voice-acting combine to create all of our favorite animated films.


PUBLIC PROGRAMMING FOR MAY

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

May 8 - Peter Pan Adventure Diary
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

The Disney Discoveries! Activities are free with paid admission to the Museum. No ticket is needed for members-just show your membership card.


LOOK CLOSER:

May 28, 29 +30 - Peter Pan: J.M. Barrie's Book vs. Walt Disney's Treatment
11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Theater Lobby

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts-and behind the scenes information during the 30-minute gallery talk.

The Look Closer series is free with paid admission or paid membership.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.

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January 31, 2010

Walt Disney Family Museum - March 2010 Special Events

The Walt Disney Family Museum
March 2010 Events Calendar
Disney Innovators, Sean Connery and a String Quartet top the list of March 2010 activities at the Walt Disney Family Museum

March Lectures

March 20 -Disney Innovator Don Iwerks discusses the Nodal Point Camera invented by his legendary father, Ub. The making of Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) presented particular challenges. Walt Disney wanted the audience to believe that Darby was talking and singing with the King at the Leprechauns but the scale had to be perfect. To tackle this technical problem, he turned to Ub Iwerks, Join Don Iwerks-former Disney executive, founder of Iwerks Entertainment, and son of Ub as he talks about Ub's creation, the Nodal Point Camera. 3:00 pm, Theater - tickets available online at waltdisney.org


March 28 -Disney's first Female Imagineer, Harriet Burns, visits during Women's History Month - Harriet Burns became the first woman to work at WED Enterprises, adding her special touch to Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the Haunted Mansion, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. Her daughter, Pam Burns-Clair, and Don Peri, author of "Working with Walt: Interview with Disney Artists," will introduce you to a woman who worked beside legends and became one herself.
3:00 pm, Theater - tickets available online at waltdisney.org


FILM OF THE MONTH

Darby O'Gill and the Little People - Before he was James Bond, actor Sean Connery was Michael Murphy, an Irishman caught up in the magical adventures of Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). Follow Darby (Albert Sharpe) as he tries to out trick the King of the Leprechauns and reach that pot of gold. Does he succeed? You will have to come to one of our screenings to find out.

1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater (except Tuesdays, March 13, March 20 and March 28. - tickets available online at waltdisney.org


MUSIC BY MOZART

March 13 - String Circle Quartet - 4:00 p.m., Special Exhibition Hall -
This musical adventure will pair the last string quartet of Mozart's with the first of Benjamin Britten's; these are both pieces of sparkling wit, great beauty, and off beat character. Jonathan Dimmock will join the quartet on piano in a quintet arrangement written by Mozart for glass harmonica. - tickets available online at waltdisney.org

PUBLIC PROGRAMMING FOR MARCH

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

March 13 - An Enchanted Tiki Bird - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center: Art Studio

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

The Disney Discoveries! activities are free with paid admission to the Museum. No ticket is needed for members-just show your membership card.


LOOK CLOSER:
Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity-staff will reveal little known facts-and behind the scenes information during the 30-minute gallery talk. The Look Closer series is free with paid admission or paid membership.

March 26 & 27 - Inside Audio-Animatronics: The Making of Mr. Lincoln - 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Gallery 9, Lower Level

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December 17, 2009

Walt Disney Family Museum - February 2010 Events

The Walt Disney Family Museum
February 2010 Events Calendar

Fall in love this month at The Walt Disney Family Museum with special programming dedicated to romance, education and entertainment! Highlights of February's programming includes the film of the month, Lady and the Tramp, which plays from February 1-27, and a special food, wine & film pairing event with Jan Wahl on Valentine's Day. Legendary Imagineer Bob Gurr visits the Museum on February 6 for a discussion on innovation, audio animatronics and the majestic Mr. Lincoln.

FILM

Film of the Month: Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp runs from February 1 to February 27.
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays, February 6, February 14 and February 21).
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Unleash your heart and fall in love this February with Lady and the Tramp! Watch romance blossom between Lady, a high society cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a mutt from the wrong side of the tracks, over a spaghetti dinner. Now that's what we call Puppy Love!


February 14 - Reel Delicious: Food & Wine in Film

3:00 pm, Special Exhibition Hall
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Join Jan Wahl for a fabulous feast through great moments with food and wine in movies. From Lady and the Tramp to Sideways, join us for the perfect pairing of gourmet food, wine, and film. Celebrate this Valentine's Day with some marvelous mouthwatering moments from the movies.


LECTURE

February 6 - Innovations: Audio Animatronics, Will the Real Mr. Lincoln Please Stand Up! 3:00 pm, Theater
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

From the fluttering of birds wings to the graceful gestures of humans, animatronics mimics life in all its forms. Discover how the first successful audio animatronic, the majestic Mr. Lincoln, was conceived and engineered. Hear from the legendary Mr. Bob Gurr who worked alongside other Imagineers to help Mr. Lincoln talk and stand.

MUSIC

February 21 - This American Land: Music of the New World
4:00 p.m., Special Exhibition Hall
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Artists' Vocal Ensemble takes a deep look into music of America. From Native Americans to Spanish missionaries to the film industry, our unique geography has shaped a beautiful and soulful tradition. We will celebrate Samuel Barber's centennial, and discover the power of early-American Shape-note music, the music of Spanish missionaries, and the voice of local composers. This is an opportunity to enjoy a late-winter's afternoon surrounded by magnificent music.


PUBLIC PROGRAMMING

February 13 - Disney Discoveries: Valentines Pop-up Card
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Learning Center: Art Studio

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

The Disney Discoveries! activities are free with paid admission to the Museum. No ticket is needed for members-just show your membership card.


February 26 & 27 - Look Closer: The Hat Bronzed with Love
11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Gallery 9, Lower Level


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November 22, 2009

Christmas with Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Family Museum Premieres a Special Holiday Film Christmas with Walt Disney November 27, 2009 - January 4, 2010

In the spring of 2009, The Walt Disney Family Museum approached veteran filmmaker Don Hahn with a proposal to create a film that would celebrate the holidays through the eyes of Walt Disney. Under the direction of Diane Disney Miller, her husband Ron, and executive director Richard Benefield, the genesis of this idea became Christmas with Walt Disney, an enchanting fifty-one minute film filled with the joy and merriment of the holidays.

Mr. Hahn, whose credits include The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, was tapped to produce this film that will now become an annual event for The Walt Disney Family Museum to stage and entertain their guests each year during the holidays.

Christmas with Walt Disney is full of surprises including scenes from the television specials and vintage commercials from early Disney sponsors such as Kodak and Coca Cola. The studio Dixieland band, Firehouse Five plus Two makes a spirited appearance, as do clips from dozens of Disney's films including Swiss Family Robinson, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia and a clip from The Happiest Millionaire featuring Fred McMurray and Greer Garson singing "It Won't be Long 'til Christmas-" a very rare clip since this song was cut out of the picture.

"During our first screening of some selected clips to Ron and Diane, we showed clips of Walt skiing and ice skating with Lillian (Walt Disney's wife), intercut with clips of Mickey and Goofy on ice," said executive producer Craig Murray. "The quick cuts from Walt to Goofy did the trick and showed how much this man's life became his art."

What: Christmas with Walt Disney

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum Theater
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: $4-$10; check Website for details

When: November 27, 2009 - January 4, 2010
(except Tuesdays, December 25 and January 1)

Show Times: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm and 6:30pm

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November 14, 2009

Celebrate Mickey's Birthday at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday with us on November 18!
Walt Disney early1930s

Although he had appeared in the animated short Plane Crazy six months earlier, November 18, 1928 is widely recognized as Mickey Mouse's birthday as it was the day that Steamboat Willie-the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound-was released.

Explore the galleries and discover the Earliest Known Drawings of Mickey Mouse and so much more, including vintage Mickey merchandise, the creation of Mickey's friends, an interactive station that demonstrates how sound is synchronized to animation, and a special section dedicated to the Mickey Mouse Club. Come celebrate and learn about the birth, history and life of the leader of the club that's made for you and me: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

The Museum is open from 10AM to 6PM, Wednesday through Monday. For more information, visit www.waltdisney.org or call 415-345-6800.

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November 6, 2009

The Walt Disney Family Museum December 2009 Events

CONCERTS

December 12th - String Circle Quartet4:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall, 122 Riley Avenue
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Concerts in our Special Exhibition Hall continue to shine light on composers of Fantasia with Schubert's String Quartet in G. Henry Purcell's delightful Suite from The Faery Queen-a bit of musical fantasy-is also performed. Joseph Edelberg, Anthony Martin, and Kati Kyme, violins, and Thalia Moore, cello.

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December 19th and 20th - Artists' Vocal Ensemble Concert: A Candlelight Christmas4:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall, 122 Riley Avenue
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Nothing is more magical than a choir performing classic Christmas songs and carols. Our candlelight program will include European Renaissance motets and carols, contemporary American carols and anthems, and an audience sing-along led by Jonathan Dimmock.

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FILM

Film of the Month: Christmas with Walt Disney
Christmas with Walt Disney runs until January 4
12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, Theater

(except Tuesdays, December 25, January 1, and December 5th at 12:30pm and 3:30pm)
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

This special holiday screening includes The Nutcracker Suite from Fantasia (1940), Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952), scenes from the television Christmas specials, and rarely seen home movies of Walt and his family. See how Walt celebrated Christmas at the Studio, at Disneyland, and at home.

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LECTURE

December 5th - Memories of Walt: A Conversation with Legends
2:00pm, Theater
tickets available online at www.waltdisney.org

Join us on Walt's birthday as we hear from Disney Legends Blaine Gibson, Rolly Crump, and Richard Sherman as they share special memories of Walt. Blaine is the sculptor behind the Hall of Presidents, Rolly is one of the Imagineers behind "It's a Small World" and "Haunted Mansion" and Richard wrote such Disney music classics as "It's a Small World" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee". It will be an extraordinary afternoon filled with stories, laughter, and reflection.


December 25th - Christmas Day
Museum is closed


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September 25, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 10

Gallery 10 - Remembering Walt Disney

Mickey Crying

Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966. Reactions from around the world, in newspaper articles, editorial comment, and letters and telegrams present an appreciation of the joy, hope, and inspiration Walt provided to millions of people around the world.

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September 21, 2009

The Walt Disney Family Museum Public Events Program

The Walt Disney Family Museum is launching its public events program with a series of screenings, lectures, and concerts. Highlights include a special concert-featuring a number of well-known Disney classics-at Davis Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony on October 16.

Inaugural Screenings, Lectures, and Concerts Launch The Walt Disney Family Museum Public Event Programs
Rarely Seen Films, An Animated Classic, and Classical Music in a Dazzling New San Francisco Performance Space and Theater
San Francisco Symphony Performs Special Concert at Davis Symphony Hall In Celebration of The Walt Disney Family Museum's Grand Opening
 Walt Disney Family Museum Logo

A series of inaugural events celebrate the opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum and the multi-faceted interests of its namesake, Walt Disney, from October 1-31, 2009. From a screening of Mickey Mouse's starring turn in Fantasia from October 1-19 to a chilling Halloween showing of legendary animated shorts The Skeleton Dance, The Mad Doctor, and Pluto's Judgment Day. The series pays homage to the artistic output and inspirations of Walt Disney.

Highlights of opening month festivities include a concert by the San Francisco Symphony with classical works heard in Fantasia and orchestrations of themes and songs from Pinocchio and Mary Poppins. Other notable events include a special screening of Walt and El Grupo, a documentary about Disney's 1941 trip to South America that resulted in two feature films and numerous animated shorts.

Most screenings and performances will be held in the museum's 114-seat auditorium, which features murals of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Exceptions are noted.


FILM

Film of the Month: Fantasia October 1st - 19th Only 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online Let your imagination soar as you watch colors, flowers, and fairies swirl and dance on screen to the timeless compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Paul Dukas, and Igor Stravinsky in Disney's Fantasia. This unforgettable experience will take place in our new state-of-the-art theater under the watchful eyes of Mickey, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, whose likeness decorates the theater walls.

October 23th - 25th - South of the Border Weekend - In 1941 Walt Disney and a group of Disney artists traveled to South America on a Good Neighbor tour at the request of the United States government. This was no ordinary handshake tour for Walt and his group. It offered the Disney team a unique opportunity to learn about culture and traditions south of the border. As a result of the visit, Walt Disney created two successful features, Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, and numerous short subject films.

October 23rd - Walt and El Grupo Preview Screening & Discussion with filmmaker Ted Thomas and author J.B. Kaufman (one showing only) 7 p.m., Theater $8 Members Only Tickets for sale online

October 24th - Screening of The Three Caballeros and Discussion of the Good Neighbor Tour and book signing with J.B. Kaufman 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Book Signing, Learning Center Free Book Signing, no tickets required 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm Film and Discussion, Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online

Noted author and historian J.B. Kaufman will be at the Museum October 24 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, signing his new book, South of the Border With Disney: Walt Disney and the Good Neighbor Program, 1941-1948. The book chronicles the full story of the Disney Good Neighbor project, from the 1941 South American trip through production of all the studio's Latin American films. Then join us from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm for a special screening of The Three Caballeros. Following the film, J.B. Kaufman will discuss the South American tour and this unique film.

October 25th - Screening of Saludos Amigos followed by a Q & A with J.B. Kaufman 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online We conclude this South of the Border weekend with a screening of Saludos Amigos. J.B. Kaufman will be on hand to answer questions regarding the lively film.

October 30th and 31st - HallowScreen! - The Skeleton Dance and Other Bone-Chilling Cartoons 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m., Theater Non-Member: Adult $10, Child $8, Child under 6 $6 Member: Adult $8, Child $6, Child under 6 $4 Tickets for sale online Tickle your Halloween funny bone with the spooky adventures of skeletons, mice, spiders, and bats. We will screen some of Walt Disney's haunting cartoon shorts such as The Skeleton Dance, Mad Doctor, Pluto's Judgment Day, and many more. You'll have a "howling" good time!

MUSIC

October 11th - Artists' Vocal Ensemble Concert: The Classics 4 p.m., Special Exhibition Hall Non-Member: Adult $20, Child $15, Child under 6 $13 Member: Adult $15, Child $10, Child under 6 $8 Tickets for sale online The Artists' Vocal Ensemble will enchant you with melodies of the world's greatest melodic composers, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Josef Haydn, and Franz Schubert (one of the composers heard in Fantasia). Directed and accompanied by Jonathan Dimmock (piano), this will be an afternoon of chamber music evocative of the great salons of Vienna and performed in our beautiful Special Exhibition Hall.

October 16th - The San Francisco Symphony Celebrates the Opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum (our Theater Dark) 7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall
$15-70, tickets for sale at www.sfsymphony.org Relive the magic of your childhood favorites as the San Francisco Symphony heralds the opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum in a special concert celebration. Reminisce with timeless tunes from Mary Poppins to Pinocchio and recapture the thrill of Fantasia through classic repertoire of Paul Dukas, Modest Mussorgsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more.

The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. The Museum is partially funded by California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank revenue bonds.

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September 18, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 9

Gallery 9 The 1950s and 1960s: The Big Screen and Beyond

Disneyland Artwork

This prolific period of Walt's life started with the installation of a scale model railroad on the grounds of his new home, an event that spurred him to develop Disneyland.

Mary Poppins Artwork

Walt also created pioneering weekly television shows, and the studio continued creating both animated and live-action films, including the Academy Award™-winning Mary Poppins. Walt was also involved in developing new technologies for installations for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. In the 1950s he announced his ideas for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

In a 15 year period, Walt created the templates for family television entertainment and outdoor family recreation while also infusing the promise of space exploration and urban planning with a sense of wonder and awe. From the Lilly Belle, the scale-model locomotive that Walt helped build and install on a half-mile track around his home, to the visionary plans for EPCOT, the exhibits in this gallery present a vivid look at the landscape of Walt's imagination and achievements during the last 15 years of his life.

Lincoln Artwork


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September 11, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 8

Gallery 8 - Walt and the Natural World

Rendering of Gallery 8

Walt-who had a love of nature since his youth in Marceline-also ventured into live-action documentaries during the '40s and early '50s. The first of these was a nature documentary, Seal Island, a 27-minute account of the seasonal habits of seals that won the 1949 Academy Award™ for best two-reel documentary. Later documentaries in the series, "TrueLife Adventures" continued to focus on nature, while "People and Places" highlighted peoples and destinations around the world.


African Lion


Exhibits in the gallery include some of the specialized equipment used in the production of the "True-Life Adventures" series.

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September 4, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 7

Gallery 7 Post-War Rebuilding: Mid-'40s to the early 1950s
Cinderella


With the end of the war, Walt and Roy found inventive new outlets for animation and ventured into live-action production. They developed new package films for theaters that combined shorts and feature-length animated films, as well as movies that combined live action and animation. In addition, the Studio produced the enormously successful Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp, the studio's first wide-screen animated feature. Disney also produced his first live-action features, including Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

Alice in Wonderland

Concept and animation art from Disney's films of the period will be prominently featured in this gallery, as well as artifacts from live-action movies, including an underwater camera used in the filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and works from Walt's extensive personal collection of miniatures.

Look Magazine 20,000 Leagues

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August 28, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 6

Gallery 6: The Late '30s to Mid '40s
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This difficult period in Walt's life included the deaths of his parents, a studio strike that threatened the company's viability, and a period when the U.S. military used part of the studio as a base. The company released Dumbo and produced training films for the military, public service shorts, and morale- boosting films, and Walt embarked on a goodwill tour of South America to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Latin American countries. He later produced two Latin American-themed animated movies based on the trip.

Walt Disney Family Museum Peruvian Boy


Photos and union flyers from the 1941 Disney animators' strike as well as samples of Disney films in support of the war effort will be among the gallery highlights. Also on view will be original art from Dumbo and insignias that the Studios created for numerous regiments and squadrons.

August 21, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 5

Gallery 5 - New Success and Greater Ambitions
Pinocchio Concepts

The worldwide success of Snow White let Disney Studios create new studio buildings in Burbank, CA, and produce even more ambitious features, such as Bambi, Pinocchio and Fantasia. The last film featured classical music and an orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Although well regarded by critics, none of the films was immediately financially successful, in part because overseas revenues were affected by World War II.

Highlights of the gallery will include one of the studio's original multiplane camera cranes, an animator's desk and rare production art.

Bambi Concept Art

Fantasia Hippo Concept Statue

August 14, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 4

Gallery 4 - The Move to Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White Concept Art

Having redefined the art of animation, Walt dares to produce a feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. During the four years that it was in development, Disney and his brother Roy secured six-figure loans - each loan enough to finance an entire movie - time after time, and skeptics called the film "Disney's Folly."

Disney brought in an art instructor to work with his team and insisted that the animators study live models and animals. The studio created a Character Model Department, which constructed small sculptures of characters which let animators study characters in the round. Snow White premiered on December 21, 1937, and Disney won a unique Academy Award™ for the innovative movie: a standard-sized Oscar™ and seven miniatures.

Snow White Nomination

Original art from Snow White, three-dimensional model figures, magazines of the period, audio clips, and a wide array of related 1930s merchandise will help recreate the story of Disney's pioneering effort to produce Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Dopey Statue

August 7, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 3

Galleries 3 New Horizons: The Emergence of the Walt Disney Studio (1928 to 1940)
Walt Diane Tricycle

The success of Mickey Mouse let Walt Disney expand the newly renamed Walt Disney Studios and improve the quality of Studio animations, so he embarked on a series of ambitious projects, including the "Silly Symphonies," one-reel shorts that let him experiment with images, music, and story lines. In the following years, the Studio created the first Technicolor cartoons, introduced a multiplane camera to create the illusion of depth in animated films, and developed distinctive styles of movement and personality in their characters. Also in this period, Walt and Lillian's family grew to include daughters Diane and Sharon.

The Goof

Skeleton Dance


The continuing success of Walt's cartoons led to a revolution in the art and technology of animation. Vintage artifacts, animation art, character merchandise, and family photos chronicle the creative explosion of the 1930s, Walt's sudden world fame, and Diane and Sharon.

The website (www.waltdisney.org) is now up and running! Tickets for the museum are now available online. Those who purchase Museum memberships now could get the opportunity to visit the Museum for a special preview weekend before its opening day in October.

July 31, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 2

Gallery 2 - Hollywood (1923-1928)

Walt arrived in California in 1923 hoping to find work as a director. But when he received a contract for his own work, he launched Disney Bros. Studio with his brother Roy. By the end of 1924, Walt was focusing on story development and directing and was no longer working as an animator.

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After several business setbacks, Disney created Mickey Mouse, which established Disney Bros. Studio as the leading animation studio in the country. With the third Mickey Mouse film, Steamboat Willie, Walt joined the vanguard of the talking-picture revolution by creating an animated film with synchronized sound. Both Walt and Roy Disney married during this period, Walt to Lillian Bounds, a studio inker.

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Original artwork, including the earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse, will illustrate Disney's sensational success with his character. Other exhibit highlights include business correspondence between Walt and Roy, the move to the new Hyperion Studios, where Disney created four of its great animation features, and Walt's meeting with and marriage to Lillian Bounds.

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July 24, 2009

Sneak Peek - The Walt Disney Family Museum - Gallery 1

Gallery 1 Beginnings: Walt Disney's Early Years (1901-1923)
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Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901. In 1906, his family moved to a Missouri farm, where he had an idyllic early childhood and first learned to draw. The farm failed, and in 1911 his family moved to Kansas City, where he rose at 3:30 am to deliver newspapers on his father's paper route and fell in love with vaudeville and movies.

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In 1917, the family moved to Chicago, where Walt created cartoons for his high school yearbook, took classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and tried to enlist in the U.S. Army. Rejected for being underage, he joined the American Ambulance Corps and arrived in France as World War I ended.

When Disney returned to the United States, he settled in Kansas City and got a job at a commercial art studio. In 1920, while working at an ad company, Walt discovered the fantastical world of animation and immersed himself in the young medium. While keeping his day job, he began making Laugh-O-gram ad reels and animation shorts with artist Ub Iwerks. Laugh-O-grams Films soon went bankrupt, and Walt, at age 21 moved to California.

Walt's early drawings and mementoes from his childhood, as well as cameras similar to those he used in Kansas City, will be highlighted in the Museum's first gallery.

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July 21, 2009

The Walt Disney Family Museum to Present Life and Achievements of Walt Disney Opening October 2009

VISIONARY ARTIST, STORYTELLER & ENTREPRENEUR ENRICHED IMAGINATION FOR GENERATIONS
The Walt Disney Family Museum to Showcase Early Drawings of Mickey Mouse, Personal Letters, Disney Family Home Movies & Groundbreaking Technologies

San Francisco, CA, July 16, 2009-The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, creations, and vision helped define 20th-century American culture, will be brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opens in San Francisco in October 2009. The Museum will illuminate Walt Disney's tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he pursued innovation and excellence while entertaining and enchanting generations worldwide through his pioneering ventures.

The creator of Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disneyland, and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name, Disney was an independent risk-taker who started his first business at the age of 19 and worked tirelessly to elevate animation to an art form. He invented timeless characters and stories that brought the fantastical to life and continue to inspire a sense of wonder. Through animated and live action films, television programs, and theme parks, Disney created global symbols, icons, and characters that, more than 40 years after his death, are an indelible part of popular culture in America and around the world.

The Walt Disney Family Museum will illustrate how Disney's irrepressible creativity enriched the imagination of generations. The Museum will tell the story of the man behind the myth in Disney's own voice and in exhibits that reveal his expansive vision, from early drawings of some of his most popular characters to plans for Disneyland and EPCOT.


"My father's name is probably one of the most well-known names around the world, but as the 'brand' or trademark has spread, for many, the man has become lost," said Diane Disney Miller, one of the Museum's founders. "We are committed to telling the story of Walt Disney's life, in his own words, and in the words of others who knew him well and worked with him. My father was very open and approachable, and in many conversations and interviews that were captured in audio, you will be able to hear in the galleries as you learn the story of his life. It is a wonderful story. Dad himself loved to tell it. Thanks to the amazing work of many dedicated people, we are fortunate to be able to tell it here using the tools he worked with-art, music, film, and technology-to present an honest yet affectionate portrait of this amazing artist and man."

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"From Steamboat Willie to Pinocchio to EPCOT, Walt Disney's unyielding ambition was to ignite a sense of wonder and to enrapture audiences through great storytelling," said Richard Benefield, founding director of The Walt Disney Family Museum. "He recognized the power of art to spark the imagination, and time and again, pushed himself and his companies to the breaking point as he pursued the highest level of excellence in feature animation. The Walt Disney Family Museum will present the compelling story of his life-of his successes and failures-as he entertained and enlightened the nation while it struggled with the Great Depression, joined the fight of World War II, and entered a golden age of prosperity and preeminence."


About Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Family Museum will shed light on Disney's remarkable life. One of five children, Disney was born in Chicago on December 5, 1901. He spent his early years in rural Missouri, where he developed a love of nature, of drawing, and of trains. After the family sold their failing farm and moved to Kansas City in 1911, Disney began working on his father's newspaper route and developed a love of the stage. When his family moved back to Chicago in 1917, Disney drew cartoons and took photographs for his high school newspaper and attended night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. During World War I, he was rejected by the army because of his age. He enlisted in the Red Cross Overseas and served as an ambulance driver in France. An ambulance similar to the one he drove in Europe will be exhibited at the Museum.


The Museum will chronicle Disney's early, fitful starts at developing live and animated films, including the hardship with his first cartoon company in Kansas City, where he settled after he returned from Europe. After Laugh-O-gram Films went bankrupt in 1923, Disney took the train to California, with $40 in his pocket. By the end of the 1920s, despite his humble Hollywood beginnings, Disney rose to international fame and recognition with the invention of the world's most famous mouse. His studio also enjoyed great financial success-and changed the animation industry-with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), its first feature-length animated film and a movie that skeptics had warned Disney against making. On the other hand, Disney's animation studio nearly went bankrupt after the completion of Fantasia (1940), a film that received mixed reviews in its day although it is now celebrated as a cinematic landmark. Throughout these decades, Disney pushed groundbreaking technological innovations that revolutionized animation and focused on the areas of story, character development, color, dimensionality, and original music to improve his storytelling. He consistently challenged himself and his employees to surpass what they had already achieved.

The Museum will illuminate Disney's parallel interests in the fantastic and real. After completing the early-1940s animated masterpieces Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi, and after a hiatus mandated by World War II, Disney began to expand the scope of the studio's work by making live-action documentaries about wildlife and the environment that reflected his childhood love of nature. He sent a team of naturalists to Alaska for a year to film anything they might find interesting. The result was Seal Island, which won the 1949 Academy Award® for best two-reel documentary.


The Museum will also explore his marketing acumen. In the 1950s, lacking the funds to complete Disneyland, Disney embraced TV as a platform to test and promote his ideas while securing the financing needed to complete what would become the world's first theme park.

Disney, who always looked toward a utopian future, was enchanted by the promise of technology. In addition to being an early champion of color television, stereo simulcasting, and widescreen technology, he brought his interest in transportation to bear by opening the first daily-operating Monorail system in the United States and creating the PeopleMover-an innovative tram system with no on-board motors-in Disneyland.

Walt Chris Diane Disneyland Autopia Car



Toward the end of his life, Disney developed innovative attractions for global events, notably the 1960 Olympics and the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Beginning in 1960, Walt and his key creative executives approached several American corporations with the intent of collaborating on major shows and attractions for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. The result was four of the most popular attractions at the Fair: the General Electric Progressland featuring Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress, the UNICEF Pavilion sponsored by Pepsi-Cola featuring, "it's a small world," the Ford Wonder Rotunda featuring Walt Disney's Magic Skyway, and the State of Illinois Pavilion featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. These attractions were later exported to Disneyland in California.


Disney's work with Robert Moses inspired him to develop a new paradigm, EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), a project Walt described as "a community of tomorrow that will never be completed, but will always be introducing, testing, and demonstrating new materials and new systems - a showcase to the world of the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise." With a unique city infrastructure that separated pedestrians and traffic, EPCOT foreshadowed the New Urbanism movement by 30 years.


Inside the Museum: An American Story

The stories of Disney's life, creativity, family, and the processes and innovations he brought to his art will be told through a series of ten galleries. Highlights of the Museum will include:

• Drawings Disney made in his youth

• Drawings and cartoons from Laugh-O-gram Films, Disney's first company

• Early drawings of Mickey Mouse

• Storyboards, a Disney innovation that mapped out timeless film classics

• The technically innovative Multiplane Camera that brought vibrancy and depth to his
revolutionary feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

• The unique Snow White Academy Award®, which included a full-size Oscar® and seven
miniature castings

• The narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train he built for his Hollywood home, which recalled his youth
and helped spur his vision for Disneyland

• A model of the Disneyland of Walt's imagination

Early drawings of Mickey Mouse

Throughout the exhibits, visitors will find rare film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores, and cameras that Disney and his staff used in creating his characters and films. The visually stunning design incorporates movie posters that come to life to show scenes from Disney films, interactive light tables, and discovery drawers that add nuance and layer to the story of his life. Visitors will find hundreds of individual animation cels that reveal the labor-intensive animation process.


The exhibits will also pay tribute to Disney's many groundbreaking achievements and innovations, among them:

• The first film that successfully synchronized sound and animation

• The first movie soundtrack released as a consumer recording

• The first original song from a cartoon to become a national hit ("Who's Afraid of the Big
Bad Wolf?")

• One of the first nature documentaries and the first to receive an Academy Award®


Disney and his family will be represented, as well, in photographs, artifacts, and home movies.
Although famous for his work behind the camera for Walt Disney Productions, Disney was an avid home moviemaker throughout his life. The Walt Disney Family Museum will exhibit to the public for the first time clips that ranged from experiments with trick shots (unspilling a glass of milk) to reels that documented Disney's life at home with his wife, Lilly; his daughters, Diane and Sharon; and his brother and business partner, Roy, and his brother's wife, Edna Francis.

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Walt Disney Family Museum: Facilities

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in three historic buildings within the Presidio of San Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of the National Park Service. The centerpiece is a former army barracks at 104 Montgomery Street, redesigned and upgraded by architecture firm Page & Turnbull of San Francisco, and with interior architecture and installations designed by the Rockwell Group. The Museum uses the building's original domestic-scale rooms to frame the story of Disney's life and incorporates a wide range of materials and technologies, from historic documents and artifacts, to listening stations and other interactive displays, to more than 200 video monitors. In addition to the galleries, the Museum contains a 123-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store, and a café.


The Walt Disney Family Museum Exterior


The Museum campus includes a former gymnasium that houses the Walt Disney Family Foundation's collections and offices. The building is the site of a 2,000 square foot hall that will be used for special programs and concerts until the special exhibition program begins in January 2012.

A third small building in the Presidio will house the Museum's mechanical equipment.

The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. The Museum is partially funded by California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank revenue bonds.

All admission to the Museum will be by timed-ticket entry.

Tickets go on sale August 1, 2009 at www.waltdisney.org.

The Walt Disney Family Museum Website will go live on August 1, 2009.

The Walt Disney Family Museum Facebook page and Twitter are live now at:

http://www.facebook.com/TheWaltDisneyFamilyMuseum and

http://www.twitter.com/WDFMuseum.


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