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FILM OF THE MONTH: Silly Symphonies
Showtimes: 1:30 & 4pm daily (check calendar for exceptions) | Theater
Free with museum admission
Enjoy groundbreaking shorts that served as Walt’s proving-ground for emerging technology, new musical styles, and advanced character and story development. Run Time: Approx. 75 mins.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays


TALKS

SPOTLIGHT TALKS | Synchronized Sound
Every Fri, Sat, and Sun in Mar | 11am, 1 & 3pm
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. During the month of March, hear about the groundbreaking advancement of synchronized sound in animation, championed by The Walt Disney Studios with Steamboat Willie.

TALKS | How Kay Kamen Made Mickey Mouse a Merchandise Superstar
Sat, Mar 28 | 3pm
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
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
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 student & youth
During Hollywood’s Golden Age still photographers took breathtaking photos of celebrities that quickly turned them into industry icons. Author and historian Kendra Bean reveals the secrets behind the craft of the Hollywood glamour shot and why it had such a tremendous impact on the movie industry and its stars. A slide show of famous publicity shots taken by photographers George Hurrell, James Abbe, and Laszlo Willinger is featured. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell.


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

SPECIAL PROGRAM | Animation Access! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Ages 14+)
Fri, Apr 10 | 3pm
FREE with advance registration
Animation Access is a series of programs designed to introduce children and young adults affected by autism to The Walt Disney Family Museum. Come enjoy animation, art, and innovation in a welcoming environment. Advanced registration is required, all family members and siblings welcome.

SPECIAL PROGRAM | Animation Access! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Ages 13 and under)
Sun, Apr 12 | 10am
FREE with advance registration
Animation Access is a series of programs designed to introduce children and young adults affected by autism to The Walt Disney Family Museum. Come enjoy animation, art, and innovation in a welcoming environment. Advanced registration is required, all family members and siblings welcome.


OPEN STUDIO | Synchronized Sound
Every Sat & Sun in Mar | 1–4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
Steamboat Willie was the first animated film to successfully synchronize sound to the images you see on screen. Come in and play with sound effects and add them to your own original animations to give your scene even more liveliness!

LITTLE OPEN STUDIO | Sound
Every Sat, Sun & Mon in Mar | 10am–noon | Learning Center
FREE with Museum Admission
Come and explore sound at Little Open Studio! At different stations throughout the Learning Center you’ll find all kinds of different objects make a variety of different sounds. You will even be able to make your very own rain stick to take home!