Lectures & Discussions

TALK | Animation Basics: ANIMATION | SOLD OUT
Sat, Feb 28 | 3pm | Theater
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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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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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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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Learn about the art of studio photography and how the glamour shot changed the look of Hollywood. Kendra Bean, author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, discusses the importance of glamour photography to the creation of the classic Hollywood image, the art and craft behind the lens, and George Hurrell's impact on that stylized world. The work of photographers James Abbe and Laszlo Willinger is also discussed. This program is 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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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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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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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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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).