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Vintage Disney Live Action Posters
Posted on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 06:00

"We won't turn into a live-action studio, but we'll get into the live-action business." —Walt Disney

The end of World War II presented a new creative opportunity for Walt. Like most war-damaged countries, Britain had frozen payments due to American film companies. Disney and RKO had millions of dollars that could only be spent in the United Kingdom...

What Do YOU Do, Blue Sox??
Posted on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 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. We decided to shine the light on our museum... as a TEAM. This month, we talk to Alyson Fried--the manager of The Walt Disney Family Museum's first ever softball team: The Blue Sox!
New Heights: James MacArthur
Posted on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 06:00

One of Walt Disney’s many talents was a flair for casting, and a genius for recognizing unusual talent. Although the application of this gift within the Animation trade is well-known, as is the roster of live-action stars who came to be associated with Walt, both professionally and culturally...

Look Closer: Holiday Greetings from the Animators
Posted on Thu, 01/05/2012 - 06:00

For many of us, this is the one time of year when we don’t mind the daily visit to the mailbox. Amidst the junk mail and bills that still find their way to our homes are true postal gems...

New Heights: Walt Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch
Posted on Tue, 01/03/2012 - 06:00

According to legend, in 1842, seven years before California’s famous gold rush, a rancher named Francisco Lopez fell asleep beneath a large oak tree on his Placerita Canyon ranch and dreamed of finding gold. When Lopez awoke, he pulled up wild onions to eat that were growing underneath the oak and found gold nuggets in the roots of the onions...

Happy NOON Year!
Posted on Sun, 01/01/2012 - 06:00

Museum Members and visitors celebrated ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ yesterday, ringing in the New Year at the far more respectable hour of 12 noon rather than 12 midnight...

New Heights: Walt and Third Man on the Mountain
Posted on Fri, 12/30/2011 - 06:00

The movie poster made its point in one exclamatory word: “Breathtaking.” That’s Walt Disney’s Third Man on the Mountain (1959), the compellinglive-action feature about young mountain climber Rudi Matt (James MacArthur) and his quest to conquer the “killer” mountain that towers above his village in 1865 Switzerland... 

Noon Year's Eve Celebration!
Posted on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 06:00

Countdown to midday, not midnight at The Walt Disney Family Museum’s ‘Noon Year’s Eve Celebration,’ 10am-12pm, December 31, 2011. Designed specifically for families, the two-hour Celebration includes a special showing of Disney’s beloved The Love Bug, the opportunity to take pictures with an original Herbie...

‘Twas Three Weeks Before Christmas: Holiday Party Recap
Posted on Mon, 12/26/2011 - 06:00

On Friday, December 2, members of The Walt Disney Family Museum enjoyed the exclusive Members Holiday Party. The Museum galleries were open late for Members and their families and friends to enjoy. Famed Disneyland pianist Rod Miller played jolly Disney tunes in the Lobby, a caricature artist created portraits...

Posted on Sat, 12/24/2011 - 06:00

How could such a man really exist? In a way, there is a prevailing doubt that is pretty easy to understand. No one man could have given so much to the world, so consistently, and over so much time. No one man could have that huge a creative spirit. No one man could have that kind of vision for the future...

Disney Artists' Holiday Wishes: To Us From YOU!
Posted on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 06:00

In celebration of our special exhibit, we asked YOU to design, draw, sketch, paint, or create YOUR very own holiday card to send to us. As all the holiday cards in our special exhibition are seen as a reflection of each artist’s distinct creative and artistic style that made them a Disney Studio great...

Getting to Know Our Members: Elisa Warford
Posted on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 06:00
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 Elisa Karen Warford.
Disney Artists' Holiday Wishes: Highlighting John Lounsbery
Posted on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 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—is our special holiday exhibition, and will run through December 31. Today, we'd like to highlight The Walt Disney Family Museum Collections department's favorite cards, those from animator John Lounsbery!
The Season of Giving: Walt, Kay, and Disney Gifts
Posted on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 06:00

“And now comes Christmas, when merchandise as Christmas gifts can be sold in large quantities. What would be more acceptable than a ‘Mickey Mouse’ gift?”

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Walt Disney’s career began in the world of cartooning. He envisioned himself as a cartoon artist, and in fact, drew many of the comics in his high school magazine, The Voice. With this passion, he created one of the most recognizable cartoon characters of all time.
Films
May | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm | Sat: 4pm
The game is afoot! The super sleuth of rodents, Basil of Baker Street, has been hired to solve the case of the abducted toymaker. Basil’s powers of deduction will be pitted against his nemesis Professor Rattigan, animated by Glen Keane. This film is being shown in conjunction with our special