The Walt Disney Family Museum Blog

Posted on Fri, 11/04/2022 - 14:33
Posted on Nov 4, 2022

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Disney Legend Alice Davis has passed away. To the world, Alice Estes Davis was best known for her work with Walt Disney as a costume designer. To the Board and staff at The Walt Disney Family Museum, Alice was an inspiring collaborator, kind-hearted benefactor, and cherished friend.

Posted on Mon, 10/17/2022 - 15:13
Posted on Oct 17, 2022
Although United Artists had more than doubled Disney’s budget, color was a risk that concerned them. Disney would not make its first color picture for the popular Mickey Mouse series, but rather the distinctive and often experimental series of stand-alone short subjects, the Silly Symphonies. Directed by Burt Gillett, the chosen short was a tale of plants and animals, Flowers and Trees (1932). 
Posted on Wed, 09/28/2022 - 14:26
Posted on Sep 28, 2022

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present its newest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, in celebration of the beloved animated classic’s 55th anniversary. Join Bri Bertolaccini, Marketing Manager, for a conversation with our Guest Curator: acclaimed animator and Disney Legend Andreas Deja.

Posted on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 14:52
Posted on Dec 30, 2021

Upon its release in late 1942, the Disney cartoon Der Fuehrer’s Face became a smash hit in the United States, winning the Academy Award® for Best Short Subject in 1943. But the home front was not its only theater of action. Der Fuehrer’s Face went overseas, and served the war effort in more ways than one. “It was the most popular propaganda film we had,” Walt Disney told journalist Pete Martin in the 1950s. “It was put in all languages… They had it in the underground.

Posted on Thu, 12/30/2021 - 14:46
Posted on Dec 30, 2021

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Walt Disney had been busy challenging commonly-held perceptions about animated cartoons. A medium once largely relegated to novelty, Disney’s animated films offered drama and pathos along with humor and song. Walt spent more than a decade elevating the art form to new levels of technique, performance, and quality.

Posted on Mon, 12/20/2021 - 14:33
Posted on Dec 20, 2021

In the spirit of the season, the museum has in its collection a string of lights featuring delightful Disney Christmas artwork.

Posted on Thu, 12/09/2021 - 15:12
Posted on Dec 9, 2021

“Do you know what Gremlins are?” asked the national gossip columnist Louella Parsons in October 1942. “They are imaginary little characters who fly with the R. A. F. [Royal Air Force] pilots. They are mischievous little elves who become so real to the R. A. F. boys that they almost live and breathe.” It just so happened, reported Ms. Parsons, that none other than Walt Disney himself was planning to make a film about these little creatures.

Posted on Fri, 10/08/2021 - 15:28
Posted on Oct 8, 2021

Join Bri and Chris on the newest episode of WD-FM Museum Musings as they share upcoming museum programs and share some of their favorite Disney topics. In celebration of the premiere of Muppets Haunted Mansion on Disney+, join Muppet Performers Dave Goelz and Bill Barretta—the hands and voices behind The Great Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn—in this special interview where they share behind-the-scenes moments from this spooky new special.