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Showtimes: 1:30 & 4pm daily (check calendar for exceptions) | Theater
Free with museum admission
With the help of a cricket as his conscience, a living puppet sets out to prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


SPOTLIGHT TALK | Walt and Trains
Every Fri, Sat, and Sun in Jan
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. During the month of January, join us as we spotlight Walt’s hobby that was the driving force behind the special exhibition, All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains.

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)
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)
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.


SPECIAL PROGRAM | Bobby Burgess, author of Ears & Bubbles
Sat, Jan 31 | 2:30–5:30pm | Theater & Learning Center
FREE for members or with paid admission.
Join Bobby Burgess for a book signing in our Museum Store. Bobby is known to generations of fans as a Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club and then as a dancing star for over two decades on The Lawrence Welk Show. Now, for the first time, Bobby shares his many behind-the-scenes showbiz stories along with humorous, heartwarming tales of his family life, world travels, and business ventures, including his famous Burgess Cotillion.


Every Sat and Mon in Jan | 10am-noon | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
All Aboard! Walt always had a fascination with trains as they represented the promise of seeing new places and embarking on new adventures. This month in Little Open Studio, we’ll create our very own trains using a variety of materials. Who knows where our imagination can take us?

OPEN STUDIO | Miniature Diorama Train: Ride into the New Year
Every Sat & Sun in Jan; Jan 24-25, 31 & Feb 1 | 1–4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
Inspired by Walt’s fascination with trains and miniatures—and in the wake of the new year—create a small diorama display of what you declare to do or change in 2015. Connect your unique creation to others’ to form a miniature diorama train that will tour through our Learning Center!