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FILM SCREENING | HallowScreen!
11am | Sat and Sun in Oct
Check our calendar for screening dates and times.
FREE for members or with museum admission
Without museum admission: $7 general, $5 youth
Celebrate Halloween with a special selection of Disney spooky cartoon shorts, featuring The Skeleton Dance, Pluto's Judgment Day, The Mad Doctor, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and more. You'll have a "howling" good time!

FILM SCREENING | The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1:30pm & 4pm | Daily in Oct, except every Tue
Check our calendar for screening dates and times.
FREE for members or with museum admission
Without museum admission: $7 general, $5 youth
In The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) see two animated films based on famous literary works "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The Wind in the Willows." The 11th Walt Disney animated feature was the last of the studio's package film era of the 1940s, following Saludos AmigosThe Three CaballerosMake Mine MusicFun and Fancy Free, and Melody Time. Directing animators include several of the Nine Old Men: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, and Woolie Reitherman.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


Daily, except every Tue throughout the day
FREE for members or with paid admission.
Connect objects in our galleries with the stories behind them as we look closer at Walt Disney’s life and legacy. Offered throughout the day, join museum staff members for a brief exploration of topics central to Walt’s story including the beginnings of Mickey Mouse, the growth of The Walt Disney Studios, Walt’s interests and hobbies, and the genesis of Disneyland. A detailed schedule of locations and times is available at ticket desk and exceptions may apply, check calendar for details.

TALK | Disney’s Nine Old Men: A Legacy for the Ages | SOLD OUT
Sat, Oct 24 | 11am & 3pm
$18 members | $20 non-members | $12 student & youth members | $15 student & youth non-members
Known affectionately by Walt as his Nine Old Men, this group of early Disney animators is credited with creating many of the most famous Disney films in history and with refining the basic principles of animation. Learn from Andreas Deja, master animator and apprentice to the Nine, as he discusses the techniques and fundamentals that defined the group. This is the first in a series of programs designed to explore in-depth the lives and achievements of nine men whose extraordinary work in the field of animation has inspired countless others.

TALK | Disney’s Nine Old Men: The Four Who Inspired the Nine | SOLD OUT
Sat, Nov 7 | 1pm
Walt Disney’s storied group of animators known as the Nine Old Men, left a lasting mark on the art of animation and have inspired countless others over the years. But who provided the guidance and inspiration that was crucial for them to succeed? Join Disney animator Eric Goldberg for a discussion about the unheralded “Four Young Men” who mentored the famous Nine: Bill Tytla, Fred Moore, Ham Luske, and Norm Ferguson. Learn how these talented yet unsung artists taught the group who would take the art of animation to a new level.

TALK | Contemporary Character Animation and Classic Techniques with James Baxter
Sat, Nov 14 | 1pm
The animation process may seem quite different since the days of Walt and his team of artists and animators. Technicolor and the Multiplane Camera contributed to the advancement, but the animators never strayed from following their basic principles of animation to draw the life into their characters. These same principles, pioneered by some of the Nine Old Men, are studied and applied today, whether the animation is hand-drawn or created on a computer. Join us as we watch first-hand from animator James Baxter as he explains his classic approach to 2D Animation while creating an original animation from sketch to screen.


SCREENING | Animation Accesss
Second Sunday of every month: Oct 11, Nov 8 & Dec 13 | 11am
The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to announce the relaunch of our Animation Access film screenings for children with autism and their families. Beginning October 2015, the museum will host Animation Access film screenings at 11am on the second Sunday of every month. Screening tickets will go on sale Saturday, August 15 at 10am PST; museum members always receive free admission to Animation Access.


OPEN STUDIO | Exquisite Corpse
Every Sat & Sun in Oct | 1-4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
Walt Disney and Salvador Dali were two unlikely innovators who teamed up to design a surreal and original animated short. See what kind of bizarre creatures you and your family or friends can design together by drawing an exquisite corpse based on one strangely constructed sentence.

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Surreal Collage
Every Sat, Sun & Mon in Oct | 10am–noon | Learning Center
FREE with Museum Admission
Young learners use their imagination to combine different found images to create an original and unexpected landscape. Using construction paper, markers, recycled calendars and magazines, it’s easy to make a surreal collage full of dreamlike settings, characters, and invented creatures.