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FILM OF THE MONTH: The Jungle Book
Showtimes: 1:30 & 4pm daily (check calendar for exceptions) | Theater
Free with museum admission
Join Mowgli and friends in Walt Disney’s adaptation of a classic children’s story by Rudyard Kipling.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


SPOTLIGHT TALKS | True-Life Adventures
Every Fri, Sat, and Sun in Apr
FREE for members or with paid admission.
With more than 25,000 items in the museum’s collection and galleries brimming with art and artifacts, there is a lot to see and learn. Get the inside story on a select object on view or special exhibition during these short talks given by museum staff members. In April, join us for a talk on Walt’s groundbreaking nature documentary series: True-Life Adventures.

TALK | Walt Disney and the Digital Revolution
Sat, May 2 | 1pm
$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.

OPEN STUDIO | Storyboarding and Animatics
Every Sat & Sun in Apr | 1-4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
In the early 1930s, storyboards were introduced to The Walt Disney Studios to help animators visualize the sequence of events in their stories. Practice drawing your own storyboards to show the action in an animated scene, then turn your drawings into an animatic.

Every Sat, Sun & Mon in May | 10am–noon | Learning Center
FREE with Museum Admission
Little Open Studio is a place where little ones and their caregivers can create artwork inspired by exhibitions, ideas, and objects on view at the museum. In May, it’s time to put on a show! Playing with puppets is a wonderful way to foster imagination and creativity in early learners. Make a moody puppet using an array of creative materials, inspired by the many emotions of the seven dwarfs.