Lectures & Discussions

TALK | How Kay Kamen Made Mickey Mouse a Merchandise Superstar
Sat, Mar 28 | 3pm
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (17 and under)
Merchandising the most popular cartoon character of the early 1930s proved to be a problem until an enterprising businessman from Missouri approached the Disney brothers about licensing Mickey. Join Tom Tumbusch, writer, publisher and expert on Disney collectibles, to hear how Kay Kamen’s brilliant marketing and licensing strategies set new industry standards and brought millions to The Walt Disney Studios to fund later projects.

TALK | How the Glamour Shot Changed Hollywood
Sat, Apr 11 | 1pm
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
During Hollywood’s Golden Age still photographers took breathtaking photos of celebrities that quickly turned them into industry icons. Author and historian Kendra Bean reveals the secrets behind the craft of the Hollywood glamour shot and why it had such a tremendous impact on the movie industry and its stars. A slide show of famous publicity shots taken by photographers George Hurrell, James Abbe, and Laszlo Willinger is featured. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell.

TALK | Animation Basics: Lighting
Sat, Apr 18 | 1pm
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
Let there be light! Join us for the fifth in a five-part program series covering the basics of animation production that were developed in Walt’s time and continue to be used today. Hear about lighting design and color choices found in animated films, and how these key design techniques are used to complement the tone of a scene. Hear from guest speaker Angelique Reisch, lead lighting technical director for Pixar Animation Studios.

TALK | Walt Disney and the Digital Revolution
Sat, May 2 | 1pm
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
Computer graphics are used in much of what we watch today: movies, TV shows, and games. But there is more to the invention of CGI than what meets the eye. Walt Disney was gone by the time computers first appeared on the desks of artists at The Walt Disney Studios, but the initiatives he put into motion—and the connections he built with the Air Force and NASA to share technology—proved to be the seeds that would sprout into the next generation’s digital marvels. Want to know what Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room birds have in common with Avatar? Join professor Tom Sito of University of Southern California, author of Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Graphics, for a look at how Walt foresaw the creation of computer animation. ​

TALK | James Lopez: The Making of Hullabaloo
Sat, Jun 13 | 1pm
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
Veteran Disney animator and creator James Lopez gives us a glimpse into the fantastical Steampunk world of Hullabaloo and the new creative techniques that were used to bring the characters and their surroundings to life. Join us for an in-depth look into the making of a truly one of a kind project that got started with the help of its fans.

TALK | Disneyland’s Emissaries of Goodwill
Sat, Jun 20 | 1pm
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
Learn about Disneyland in the mid-1960s and how Walt originated the Disneyland Ambassador Program to assist him with media and public affairs requests during the Park’s 10th anniversary. Join Disney Legend Jack Lindquist and a panel of former Ambassadors for a discussion about this exciting time in the Park’s history and what it’s like to serve as emissaries of goodwill for the Happiest Place on Earth. Joanne Crawford-Duner, Disneyland’s 1982 Ambassador, moderates the discussion with Connie Swanson Lane (1966), Susan Donald Edwards (1977), Melissa Tyler Wackerman (1985), Chris Allen (1996), Liz Hetzel (2008), and Sachi White (2013/2014).