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Getting to know Our Members: Wes Hansen
Posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 06:00
Each month, we’ll 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 Wes Hansen.
The Gremlins and a Tale of Two Storytellers
Posted on Fri, 08/19/2011 - 06:00

In observance of National Aviation Day, here is the soaring tale of how a filmmaker and a flyer formed an unlikely partnership as storytellers: Walt Disney and Roald Dahl.

Walt and the King of the Wild Frontier
Posted on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 06:00

Today marks the 225th birthday of David "Davy" Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836), a celebrated 19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo. In 1955, Walt Disney’s television serial based upon Crockett’s legendary exploits created the first national television “craze.”

July | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm | Sat: 4pm
After being raised by wolves, Mowgli’s fun-filled life in the jungle is about to change. Join Mowgli as he encounters a few new friends, including a carefree bear, a herd of regimented elephants, and a sly python, as he searches for a way to escape the claws of the nefarious tiger, Shere Khan.
Posted on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 06:00

On Saturday afternoon, Disney historians J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt presented a program in our state-of-the-art digital theater on the subject of Comedic Influences and Walt Disney.

Walt and My Family: Tell Us YOUR Story
Posted on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 06:00

In September, The Walt Disney Family Museum will celebrate the family. Our Film of the Month will be a favorite of Walt's, the 1948 family classic So Dear to My Heart, and our programming and Storyboard entries will focus around families, and all those around us who are so dear to our hearts. 

Comedic Influences with J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt
Posted on Fri, 08/12/2011 - 06:00

As Walt Disney was growing up, he saw and absorbed the movies of the great comedians. Learn from Disney authors and historians J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt about how great comedians of the silent screen such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, among others, influenced Walt Disney's works...

Walt’s Onscreen Surrogate: Fred MacMurray
Posted on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 06:00

Throughout August, Walt Disney's 1962 live-action comedy The Absent-Minded Professor, starring Fred MacMurray, will be screened in the Museum’s state-of-the-art digital theatre at 1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, except Tuesdays, and Saturday August 13. Guest blogger and friend of The Walt Disney Family Museum Jim Korkis contributes this profile of the Golden Globe-nominated star of the film.

What Do YOU Do, Larry Arndt??
Posted on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 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. Without this month's "What Do YOU Do?" spotlight, it'd be really hard to publish this post as we would have no computer or Internet access. So, Larry Arndt, tell us... what do YOU do?

The Sound of Laughter, the Color of Funny
Posted on Fri, 08/05/2011 - 06:00

The impact of silent film comedy on Walt Disney is inarguable. Throughout his career, the inspiration of Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, and their films can be seen over and over again. In turn, there were influences on Walt’s filmmaking that not only elevated the art, and added appeal top his characters, but brought new vernaculars to motion picture storytelling.

Walt and the Creation of The Family Comedy
Posted on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 06:00
When you ask people about Walt Disney’s works, Mickey Mouse and Walt’s great animated films typically come first, then Disneyland, and for the older of us, the ritual of Walt’s weekly TV visit. Seldom, though, is Walt mentioned as a maker of live-action films, nor as the maker of a particular type of funny film—the “family comedy.”
Look Closer: Artifacts from the Man in Space Series
Posted on Mon, 08/01/2011 - 06:00
July’s Look Closer presentations focused on a case in The Walt Disney Family Museum that is often overlooked by visitors. Though this case seems unassuming at first (positioned in Gallery 9 to the left of a large bank of video monitors), it houses artifacts relating to a fascinating period in the Disney story....
John Musker on the Art of Animation
Posted on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 06:00
Spend a full day at the Museum with Disney animator/director John Musker--responsible for such films as Aladdin, Hercules, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog--as he takes us behind the scenes of hand-drawn animation with a youth workshop, a master class and a screening of The Great Mouse Detective! Tickets and more information can be found at www.waltdisney.org or www.SFFS.org.
Recap: Walt's Fascination with Outer Space
Posted on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 06:00

Jim Korkis is no stranger to Disney History. His articles can be found all over the webisphere (including our own blog), but his first chance to see The Walt Disney Family Museum in person came this past weekend. During this time, 3pm on Saturday, he also managed to enthrall a packed room of Disney aficionados with stories of Walt’s Fascination with Outer Space.

Recap: A Tribute to Betty and Boag
Posted on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 06:00

"Last Sunday we honored Wally Boag, the unforgettable comic genius of The Golden Horseshoe Revue,” Diane Disney Miller reports. “Jeff Kurtti put the program together and presented it, and we were honored by the presence of Wally's son, Laurence, and his family. It was, of course, a very entertaining program...

Q&A: Vanessa Hunt and Tony Baxter
Posted on Mon, 07/25/2011 - 06:00
In observation of this month’s celebration of Walt’s visionary ideas about space, progress, and the wonders of the future, we share a conversation on that subject between two remarkable Disney aficionados and Walt Disney Imagineers, Vanessa Hunt (a Founding Member of The Walt Disney Family Museum) and Tony Baxter (a friend and frequent advisor of our museum).
Meet the Disney Double Agent on Saturday!
Posted on Fri, 07/22/2011 - 06:00

For years, two of the most authoritative Disney Historians on the web were Jim Korkis and Wade Sampson. Then, in 2010, a huge secret was revealed—the two were actually one!