What's Happening Here - February 2013

Check out what's happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum with inspiring and engaging programs, workshops, classes, and more! Below is a complete listing of what's happening here throughout February; please check our calendar for tickets or details for individual events.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic
Now through April 14, 2013 | Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall
Special ticket price for Snow White: $10 general | Special combination ticket which includes general museum admission: $25 adults; $20 seniors and students; $15 children ages 6 to 17.
On view through April 14, 2013, The Walt Disney Family Museum’s special exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The exhibition showcases more than 200 works of art including conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches, and animation drawings. Also featured are delicate thumbnail layout watercolors, meticulously rendered pencil layouts, rare watercolor backgrounds, colorful cels, and vintage posters all illustrating how Walt Disney advanced the creation of an entirely new art form.

Generous support provided by Wells Fargo.

Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation
Now through April 28, 2013 | Theater Gallery
Free for members or with Museum admission
Between Frames explores the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States in special effects, television, and film. The exhibition highlights behind-the-scenes photographs, rare armatures and puppets, and original storyboards from cult favorite films and television including King Kong, GumbyStar Wars, Jurassic Park, Robot Chicken, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and showcases stop motion innovators like Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Will Vinton, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and more.


Films of the Month:
Free for members or with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: $7 adult; $5 youth
James and the Giant Peach | February 17 (except February 5) | 1:30pm | Theater
Coraline | February 815 (except February 12) | 1:30pm | Theater
ParaNorman | February 1728 (except February 19 & 26) | 1:30pm | Theater
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Screens through April 30, daily at 4pm (except Tuesdays and 1/19) | Theater

Behind the Magic: Making of ParaNorman and Coraline with Mark Shapiro
Saturday, February 16 | 3pm | Theater
General: $20 adult; $15 youth | Members: $18 adult; $14 youth
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of two popular handmade animated films: ParaNorman and Coraline with Mark Shapiro, director of entertainment brand marketing for LAIKA.


Animate Your Night: Someday My Prince Will Come
Thursday, February 14 | 7–10pm
General: $12 adult | Members: $10 adult
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a special love-laden Animate Your Night after-hours party! Join us for an evening of adoration, animation, and inspiration. Experience the galleries in a whole new light and search for love with a special Valentine scavenger hunt. Illuminate your heart with Disney love-themed shorts on the big screen, and sip our signature cocktail—the Prince Charming.

Look Closer
Friday–Sunday, February 22–24
11am, 1 & 3pm
Free for members or with museum admission
In honor of Presidents Day, learn about the special part Abraham Lincoln played in The Walt Disney Studios’ development of audio animatronics.


Learn from the Masters Series: Introduction to Stop Motion Puppet Creation with Bonita DeCarlo
Saturday, February 16 | 10am–noon & 1:30–2:30pm | Learning Center
General: $60 adult; $45 student (valid student ID required) | Members: $55
Designed for current or former students of animation, this comprehensive workshop includes a four-step instructive lecture in basic stop motion puppet creation. DeCarlo covers preproduction puppet methodology, stop motion character sculpture, mold creation and casting, and puppet-finishing fabrication.

About the instructor: A character fabrication supervisor and character production manager, DeCarlo’s feature credits include Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Monkeybone.

This class is for participants ages 18+, all levels of experience. Space is limited. Registration required. Email: education@wdfmuseum.org to register or for more info.

Learn from the Masters series: Stop Motion Puppet: Wardrobe Fabrication and Performance with Ruben Esqueda
Saturday, February 23 | 10:00-2:00pm | Learning Center
General: $55 adult; $35 student (valid student ID required) | Members: $45
This hands-on, four-hour master class for animators at all levels of experience will focus on the practice of prefabrication of the stop motion puppet wardrobe and the performance of wardrobe in an animated scene. Studio time dedicated to the experimentation of follow-through and secondary motion of puppet wardrobe will be included.

About the instructor: Resident animator and educator at The Walt Disney Family Museum, Ruben Esqueda’s feature credits include C.A.P. Documentary, The 1 Second Film, and Oedipus with Vegetables.

This class is for participants ages 18+, all levels of experience. Space is limited. Registration required. Email: education@wdfmuseum.org to register or for more info.

Open Studio
Saturday + Sunday, February 2–3 & 9–10
1–3pm | Learning Center
Free for members or with Museum admission
Create stop motion animation and try your hand at two early steps of creating an animated film—storyboards and concept art.