Lectures & Discussions

TALK | Marc Davis: Walt’s Renaissance Man | SOLD OUT
Sat, Sep 13 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Join master animator Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz, former student of Marc Davis 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.

TALK | Over There with Steve Pilcher
Sat, Sep 20 | 12:30–3:30pm | Lower Lobby & Theater
$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).

Tickets to the program are still available although the private receptions is at capacity. To get the early scoop on programs, join as a member today!

TALK | The Walt Disney Family Museum: From Dream to Reality
Sat, Oct 11 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Tickets available at 10am PST on Monday, September 15, 2014.
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 to determine 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 wonderful challenge of bringing her dream to life.

TALK | CalArts Fall Open House
Sat, Oct 18 | 2–5pm
Registration will be available starting October 1.
Alumni and staff of the California Institute of the Arts—an internationally recognized school for the performing and visual arts—visit for a reception and interactive discussion about the school’s programs and requirements for admission. This program is designed for aspiring students and their families.

TALK | Animation Basics: Breaking Down the Magic (Part I: STORY)
Sat, Oct 25 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Tickets available at 10am PST on Monday, September 15, 2014.
Interested in animation? Join us for a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today. Part I: STORY covers how a film’s story is shaped and defined, how a script is developed, the importance of concept art, and how storyboards and animatics figure into the process. Guest speaker: Ronnie del Carmen, Pixar Animation Studios story artist and designer.

TALK | I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Imagineering Walt’s Trains
Sat, Nov 15 | 3-4:30pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Find out what it’s like to conceive, design, build, and test a Disney park railroad according to Walt’s vision. Hear the stories behind such popular attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Lilly Belle Parlor Car, and the Wildlife Express Train, as told by three accomplished railroaders who together share over 100 years of Disney Imagineering experience: Tony Baxter, former senior vice president creative development; Joel Fritsche, executive director; and Ray Spencer, executive creative director. Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, moderates the discussion.

TALK | The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt’s Movie Magic
Sat, Nov 22 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Tickets available at 10am PST on Monday, September 15, 2014.
Join author and Academy Award–winning animation director and designer John Canemaker for a discussion of one of early animation's most enigmatic and fascinating characters, Herman Schultheis. Canemaker relates the discovery of the technician’s long-hidden scrapbook of behind-the-scenes special-effects wizardry and ingenuity of early Disney films.

TALK | Animation Basics: Breaking Down the Magic (Part 2: CHARACTER)
Sat, Dec 6 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)
Tickets available at 10am PST on Monday, September 15, 2014.
Think like an animator! Join us for the second in a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today. Part 2: CHARACTER covers design and character development, the use of maquettes, and casting and voiceover for the role. Featuring special guests from Pixar Animation Studios: Ricky Nierva, production designer; Matt Nolte, art director; Jerome Ranft, character sculptor; Kevin Reher; casting director/feature producer; and Natalie Lyon, casting manager.