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In Memory of Robert Sherman (1925-2012)
Posted on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 06:00

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Robert Sherman’s passing. He and his younger brother, Richard, brought beautiful words and music to the world of Disney, the films and the parks alike. The whole world shares a love for their music and my father loved and respected them both..."

Worth as Much as a Man: Cracking the Celluloid Ceiling
Posted on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 06:00

Throughout March, The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating Women’s History Month, which highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Paula Sigman Lowery offers this view of the some of Walt’s most memorable female artists.

What Do YOU Do, Anel Muller??
Posted on Mon, 03/05/2012 - 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. Today, we're asking this birthday girl (and our Evil Creative Genius) Anel Muller... what do YOU do?
Pollyanna and The WDFM's New Book Club!
Posted on Fri, 03/02/2012 - 06:00
National Education Association's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading.
The Women of Walt Disney’s Pollyanna
Posted on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 06:00
Devoted family man Walt Disney sometimes laughingly observed that he was outnumbered at home. Surrounding him were his wife, two daughters, his devoted cook and, as Walt wryly noted, even the family dogs were female. Perhaps the predominance of women in the Disney household is one reason Pollyanna appealed to the great showman, due to its strong female characters.
Program Recap: Walt Disney’s Worlds of Nature
Posted on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 06:00

As early as 1942, Walt Disney had considered the possibilities of making a live action nature film. He had gone so far as to engage in discussions with the New York Zoological Society in 1944. At this time, the Walt Disney Studio was occupied by the military, and commercial film production had given way to making military training films. With war raging, the nature film became one of many of Walt’s dreams that were put on hold for the duration...

From Diane: 50th Anniversary of John Glenn's Orbit
Posted on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 06:00

Last week's 50th anniversary of John Glenn's orbiting the earth reminds me of something. My parents were in New York at that time, staying at the Plaza Hotel, I think. They were walking down the hall to the elevator that evening, when they passed a suite with an open door, and a group of people inside...

Mon–Fri, Jul 16–27 | 9am–4pm
Take an incredible journey through the process of creating strong female characters while learning about being a woman in the animation industry today. In this two-week class, students will design their own lead character while studying narrative structure, use of fairy tales, writing tropes, and
Celebrating Bambi's Entry in the National Film Registry
Posted on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 06:00
The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating the perpetual preservation of the beloved Bambi by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry with two special screenings of the classic 1942 animated feature. Presented in our museum’s state-of-the-art digital Fantasia-themed theatre on Saturday March 3 at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, these screenings—and supplemental discussions—will be free with museum admission. 
Member Event Recap: Brain Storming with Don Hahn
Posted on Sun, 02/26/2012 - 06:00

On Saturday February 25 at 10am, select Members were able to meet and spend time with Academy Award®-nominated producer and author Don Hahn, in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall at The Walt Disney Family Museum...

Walt's Oscars: Quiz Time!
Posted on Fri, 02/24/2012 - 06:00
Last week, we asked you to brush up on your knowledge on Walt's Academy Awards® for your chance to win tickets to the Museum! Answer the following five questions in the "comments" section (include your e-mail address so we can contact you) by 11:59pm on Sunday, February 26. If you pass the test, we'll throw your name into a drawing for tickets and a special prize!
"And The Award Goes To..." - Program Recap
Posted on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 06:00
Walt’s Academy Award collection began in 1932, when he took home the Academy Award for the cartoon short Flowers and Trees. While watching this film on the big screen, it was easy to imagine why the audiences of 1932 found it appealing.
Behind the True-Life Cameras
Posted on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 06:00
In the December 1959 issue of Wisdom magazine, Walt Disney is quoted as saying: “Animals have personalities like people and must be studied. The spontaneity of the animal—you find it in small children, but it’s gradually trained out of them.”
Walt's Oscars: An Overview
Posted on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 06:00

Walt personally won 32 Academy Awards® throughout his career. To this day, Walt still holds the record for the most Oscars® won by an individual, and there is only one place where you can get an up-close look at more than 20 of the famous statuettes—The Walt Disney Family Museum. 

Award-Winning Walt
Posted on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 06:00

Even decades after his passing, Walt Disney still retains the honor of being the individual with the most Academy Award nominations and the most Oscar wins. While the listing of these awards for animation, live action and more is very impressive, it is fun to take a quick look behind some of the stories of those golden statuettes...

Walt and Lilly
Posted on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 06:00
The story of Walt’s early romance with Lillian Bounds is a favorite tale among biographers and historians. Many are familiar with the tale of Walt driving Lilllian and the other Ink and Paint girl home when they would work late. Walt would drop off the other girl first, even though Lillian’s house was closer. However, there is more to the story...
Walt's Oscars: The Irving G. Thalberg Award
Posted on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 06:00

The Irving G. Thalberg Award is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to those “whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”  The honor is only presented periodically, and has only been awarded 38 times since the first was given to Darryl Zanuck in 1937.

Tue–Sat, Jul 31–Aug 11 | 9am–4pm
Join us for this two-week intensive class that focuses on 2D digital animation. Learn how to take a character and see them come to life using classical, hand-drawn animation skills, then create your own short film.
Patricia Dailey Disney (1935-2012)
Posted on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 06:00

Patty Disney—mother of Roy Patrick Disney, Susan Disney Lord, Abigail Disney Hauser, and Timothy Disney; and grandmother of 16—died the morning of February third of Alzheimer’s at her home in Toluca Lake, CA. She was 77.