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Walt Disney and the Gift of Art
Posted on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 06:00

“Now, to tell you the truth,” Walt Disney said, “I was never a good artist. I was never satisfied with what I did, but it was a means to an end.” For a man who maintains a reputation as one of the world’s great artists, that thought is both a humble one, and an explanation of the place of art in his life.

Disney Artists' Holiday Wishes
Posted on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 06:00

“One reason the Christmas season appeals to me is that it makes us suspend business-as-usual routine and lets our minds soar for a while… It is natural, of course, that I should think of Christmas in terms of imagination, for imagination is my business.” –Walt Disney

Now Playing: "Walt - The Man Behind the Myth"
Posted on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 06:00

You might have seen it on TV, or own the DVD, but for the first time ever, you can now watch Walt: The Man Behind the Myth on the big screen, uncut and in HD with surround sound, in our state-of-the-art digital theater. The documentary feature screens daily from 10:30AM to 12:30PM, and the screening is FREE with paid general admission.

Look Closer: Mickey Mouse Memorabilia from the 1920s & 30s
Posted on Mon, 11/28/2011 - 06:00

In the fall of 1929, when Walt was in New York City meeting with his then-distributor, Pat Powers, he was repeatedly approached by a man with an unusual request. As Walt told the story, “… a fellow kept hanging around my hotel waving $300 at me and saying that he wanted to put the Mouse on the paper tablets children use in school.

Childhood Personified: Walt and his Child Stars
Posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 06:00
Walt Disney, artist Salvador Dali told Time magazine in 1954, “is innocence in action. He has the innocence and unselfconsciousness of a child. He still looks at the world with uncontaminated wonder.” This wondrously childlike outlook helps illuminate both Walt’s interest in spinning filmic tales centering on children, as well as his uncanny knack for finding young actors who became stars. Many of his productions, silver screen and small screen alike, featured children as main characters. In filling these films with handpicked young talent, Walt gathered a group of youthful performers many of whom made good acting, on-camera charisma, and audience appeal look like child’s play. 
Posted on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 06:00
On Saturday December 3, join San Francisco’s favorite movie reviewer, film historian—and woman of many hats—KRON TV's Jan Wahl, for a fantastic presentation on fabulous females in film. From Mae West to Meryl Streep, Jan will discuss—through numerous classic film clips, a multimedia-packed presentation, and a lively Q&A session—women’s roles in Hollywood history. Get the scoop on and watch clips from The Women, Soapdish, The Thin Man, Adam's Rib, Meet Me in St. Louis, Calamity Jane, Some Like it Hot, and 9 to 5…with a special chat about Lady and the Tramp's Peggy Lee!
Getting to Know Our Members: Dave and Gloria Froines
Posted on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 06:00

The inspiration of and appreciation for Walt Disney knows no boundaries. The Membership at The Walt Disney Family Museum certainly reflects this diversity. Each month, we introduce you to one of our Members, so you can see the varied and frequently fascinating people who have come together to learn and experience more about the life, work, philosophies, and ideals of Walt Disney. This month, we’d like you to meet two of our Members, Dave and Gloria Froines.

Give the Gift of Membership!
Posted on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 06:00

On December 10, Pixar's Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, and Walt Disney Animation Studios' Andreas Deja will visit The Walt Disney Family Museum for an examination of the way Walt Disney's perspectives and passions forever impacted the entertainment industry around the world and across the media.

Mickey’s Moveable Birthday
Posted on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 06:00

Animator Les Clark said that “Walt was Mickey and Mickey was Walt,” an opinion shared by everyone who knew both of them. Legendary animator Ollie Johnston recalled, “All the time I was there, before we got into things like Snow White, I always thought of Walt being part of Mickey and vice versa..."

 

An Afternoon at the Triple R Ranch
Posted on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 06:00

On Saturday afternoon November 12, a crowd of buckaroos gathered together in our digital theater and were transported back to a simpler time at the Triple R Ranch. Tim Considine (aka Spin Evans) and David Stollery (aka Marty Markham), were on hand to guide us through a “discovery of fun” as Donna Tuggle, Director of Education and Visitor’s Experience described the afternoon...

Disney Artists' Holiday Wishes: Let's See What You've Got!
Posted on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 06:00

"Disney Artists' Holiday Wishes," a special collection of personal Holiday Greeting Cards—created by Disney Studio animators, comic strip artists, story men, a "Mooseketeer," and even the creator of the voice of Donald Duck—opened this past week, and will run through December 31 this year... 

Once You’ve Grown Up You Can Never Come Back
Posted on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 06:00

The motion picture industry has long had a disquieting reputation for chewing up and spitting out many of its juvenile performers and unfortunately the Walt Disney Studio is not without its own tragedy in that regard. The Bobby Driscoll story could be easily considered a textbook example of the rise and ultimately fatal fall of a child star...

Posted on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 06:00

Our condolences and thoughts go out to the family and many millions of friends of Bil Keane, creator of the comically endearing “Family Circus,” the world’s most popular single-panel daily cartoon. Bil died November 8 at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona at the age of 89.

To Honor Those Who Serve
Posted on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 06:00

From his own service in the Red Cross in France just after World War I, to the manifold works of his Studio during World War II, to ongoing support of such programs as the United States Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots Campaign, Walt Disney showed his respect for those who serve our country throughout his life and career...

What Do YOU Do, Reed Milnes??
Posted on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 06:00
Each month, we ask a museum staff member to answer five questions about their position at The Walt Disney Family Museum, their fondest Disney memories, and personal tidbits. This month, we've got a special edition of "What Do YOU Do?" as we've nabbed someone on our very own blog team--read on to find out what else Super Cool Reed Milnes does!
Posted on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 06:00

Fifteen-year-old Tim Considine, who would become the consummate in “country cool” as Spin Evans, actually first auditioned for the role of spoiled Marty Markham!

Walt Disney Joins the War Effort: Celebrate with us on 11/11/11!
Posted on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 06:00

On Veterans’ Day, November 11 (11/11/11), we'll be presenting nine animated cartoons created by Walt Disney to support the war effort during World War II. These classic films, created from 1940-45, feature beloved Disney characters Goofy, Donald, and Pluto as they entertain and educate about managing shortages, and encourage Americans to create ‘Victory Gardens’ and pay their taxes.

Spin and Marty…and Walt: Nice Guys Finish First
Posted on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 06:00
Our Movie of the Month for November is actually a collection of chapters from the beloved Mickey Mouse Club serial, “The Adventures of Spin and Marty,” showing daily at 1:00 & 4:00pm (except Tuesdays, and November 11,12,19, and 24). Disney Historian, Author, and Friend of the Museum Jim Fanning wrote this story about “Spin and Marty” exclusively for Storyboard.
Vinyl Magic - Yippi-A, Yippi-I, Yippi-O!
Posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 06:00

As Disney enthusiasts and historians, we attach ourselves to the obvious and too often overlook the equally notable and precious. This can be especially true in The Walt Disney Company’s long and significant musical history...