Lectures & Discussions

MEMBERS-ONLY MOVIE PREMIERE | Marceline: A Tribute to the Town that Walt Loved Meet the filmmakers! | SOLD OUT
Fri, Aug 22 | Doors open at 6:30pm; presentation begins promptly at 7pm.
Lower Lobby & Theater
This event is sold out.

Members are invited to watch the documentary Marceline, hear from the filmmakers and two special guests featured in the film and meet Scott Zone, Film Conservator for The Walt Disney Family Foundation. An old-fashioned make-it-yourself ice cream sundae buffet follows the program. Member guests are welcome at the member price.

SCREENING AND TALK | Marceline: A Tribute to the Town that Walt Loved
Sat, Aug 23 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 general | $15 youth (17 and under)

Watch a documentary about the town that had a lasting impact on Walt’s life and still honors its famous son today. Hear from filmmakers Andy and Sara Neitzert, who traveled there to trace the story of Walt’s early years. Special guests: Kaye Johnson Malins, Marceline historian and Director of the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, and Scott Zone, Film Conservator for The Walt Disney Family Foundation.

TALK | Marc Davis: Walt’s Renaissance Man
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 | 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 | 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 instructor: 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 dream. Hear the stories behind such popular attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Lilly Belle Parlor Car, the Wildlife Express, and many more as told by three accomplished railroaders who 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. Guest instructor: TBD.