Lectures & Discussions

TALK | Walt Disney and the Digital Revolution
Sat, May 2 | 1pm
Tickets: Members   Non-members
$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 | The Art of Ellie with Mike Wu
Sat, May 9 | 1–2pm
$15 members, $20 non-members, $15 student & youth
Ellie is an elephant with a gentle heart and an artistic soul who wants to save her beloved zoo home. Join author and illustrator Mike Wu for The Art of Ellie, where he will discuss the book’s inspiration, screen its trailer, and talk about Walt’s influence over his long career in animation. This program will be followed by a Q&A and conclude with a book signing at 2pm.

TALK | James Lopez: The Making of Hullabaloo
Sat, Jun 13 | 1pm
Tickets: Members   Non-members
$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
Tickets: Members   Non-members
$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).