Lectures & Discussions

TALK | The Disney Effect: Autism and Animation
Saturday, Jan 10 | 11am | LucasFilm/ILM Premier Theater
$25 members | $30 non-members | $20 youth (17 and under)
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Parents and experts in the field of autism have discovered a secret door to communication with children on the autism spectrum: Disney animated films. Hear how these children can learn about life, language, and emotion from favorite Disney characters created during Walt’s time and beyond. Disney historian Jeff Kurtti moderates a discussion about this groundbreaking topic with Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Life, Animated; Dr. Bryna Siegel, leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of autism  spectrum disorders; and Jonathan Freeman, actor in Disney Theatrical Productions and the voice of Jafar in Aladdin.

TALK | Glen Keane: From Disney to “Duet”
Sat, Jan 17 | 11am & 3pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 non-members | $12 student/youth
Join us as animation master Glen Keane shares his journey of merging art and technology throughout his career. From his early days of being mentored by several of Disney’s “Nine Old Men” to his amazing work at the studio during the animation renaissance of the late 1980s and 90s, Keane has created some of the most indelible animated characters of modern times. Innovation and experimentation have always played a role in his work which he will discuss as he closes his presentation with a look at his first post-Disney project, “Duet.” This program is presented in conjunction with the San Francisco Film Society. Families are encouraged to attend the all-ages-friendly 11am program.

TALK | I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: Building and Running Walt’s Trains
Sat, Jan 24 | 11AM & 3PM | Theater
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (17 and under)
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Running a railroad requires a lot of care and craft, especially when that railroad belonged to Walt Disney! Hear from three people who know what it takes to maintain and operate Walt’s trains: Sean Bautista, President of Hillcrest Shops, which rebuilt the Ernest S. Marsh and Marie E. locomotives, and Bill Colley, Chief Engineer of the Durango & Silverton Railroad and former Retlaw Enterprises Railroad foreman; and Craig Ludwig, Roundhouse Lead at the Disneyland Resort.. Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society and guest curator for All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains, moderates the discussion.

TALK | George Hurrell: Bringing Glamour to the Stars and Art to Disney
Sat, Feb 7 | 3pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (17 and under)
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Join us for a look at the life and career of one of Hollywood’s most creative and influential photographers, a man whose prodigious talent helped shape the careers of stars and produce iconic animated commercials: George Hurrell. Guest curator and collector, Dr. Louis F. D’Elia, discusses the highlights of Hurrell’s remarkable work and the connection between Hurrell Productions and The Walt Disney Studios in the early 1950s.

TALK | Animation Basics: ANIMATION
Sat, Feb 28 | 3pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (17 and under)
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Unlock the mysteries of animation! Join us for the third in a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today. Part III: ANIMATION (2D) takes a close look at the different steps of traditional animation which have existed since the late 1800s and the key principles of the process.. Layout, pose tests, rough animation, in-betweens, clean-up, and background painting are discussed. Guest speaker: Peter Kelly, senior animator for Lucasfilm/Industrial Light & Magic.

TALK | Animation Basics: MUSIC
Sat, Mar 14 | 3pm | Theater
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$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (17 and under)
Feel the power of music! Join us for the fourth in a five-part series about the basics of animation production that were followed in Walt’s time and are still applicable today. Part IV: MUSIC covers the important role that music plays in the process of animation. Watch the award-winning documentary The Tunes Behind the Toons, and hear from Dave Bossert, the film’s producer; Mark Watters, the featured composer; and Jon Burlingame, leading writer on the subject of music for films and television.

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.