“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.
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“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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," 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...
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...
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.
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...
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!
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.
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...