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Disney Dads: Chris Crump on Rolly Crump
Posted on Sat, 06/18/2011 - 06:00
In observance of Father’s Day, Chris Crump has contributed this appreciation of his “Disney Dad,” Rolly Crump. I was very young. Hard to say exactly—maybe six or seven years old. In school, the question was asked in class: “What does your dad do for a living?” My response—that my father worked for Disney—probably got the best reaction of all of the kids...
Disney Dads: Ted Thomas on Frank Thomas
Posted on Fri, 06/17/2011 - 06:00

In observance of Father’s Day, Ted Thomas has contributed this reminiscence about his “Disney Dad,” Frank Thomas.

I remember clearly a college break when I was helping my father with brush clearing at our family’s vacation cabin in the hills near Julian, California. I was in the middle of studies, but far enough along to be thinking about, and dreading, being out in the working world.

Animating Animals: Live Models at the Museum
Posted on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 06:00

To create the realistic characters of Bambi, Walt Disney brought his artists living animals to study and draw direct from life. In that tradition, we're bringing in  live animal models—goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot belly pigs and more—to provide you with the unique opportunity to observe and sketch them, just as the Disney artists do.

Getting to Know Our Members: Paulway Chew
Posted on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 06:00
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Paulway Chew is a renowned vocalist with more that 16 years of experience in TV and radio, and a decade of musical theater experience performing for a Chinese Malaysian theater group in Kuala Lumpur.
Be a Volunteer at The Walt Disney Family Museum
Posted on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 06:00

Walt Disney brought imagination and inspiration to generations of parents, children, and families. You can help to share the legacy of his life and ideals—join The Walt Disney Family Museum Volunteer Team today! 

The Anatomy of a Motion Picture: Realizing "Bambi"
Posted on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 06:00
Walt Disney’s Bambi is screening every day in June at 1 & 4pm (except Tuesdays, and June 11 & 25) in the state-of-the-art digital theatre at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Tickets are available at the Reception and Member Service Desk at our museum, or online at www.waltdisney.org.
Remembering Betty Taylor
Posted on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 06:00

Betty Taylor, who played the role of Sluefoot Sue for 30 years in the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland, passed away on Saturday. She was 91 years old. Guest Blogger Scott Wolf shares some memories of Betty.

Steve Martin Remembers Wally Boag
Posted on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 06:00
In my mapping of the Disney territory, two places captivated me. One was Merlin’s Magic Shop, just inside the Fantasyland castle gate, where a young and funny magician named Jim Barlow sold and demonstrated magic tricks. The other was Pepsi-Cola’s Golden Horseshoe Revue in Frontierland, where Wally Boag, the first comedian I ever saw in person, plied a hilarious trade of gags and offbeat skills...
Wally and Walt
Posted on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 06:00

Wally Boag, who originated and played the role of Pecos Bill in nearly 40,000 live performances of The Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland, passed away on Friday. He was 90 years old.

What Do YOU Do, Chrysann Zongus?
Posted on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 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 is the sixth installment in our series titled "What Do YOU Do?" and this month, we're highlighting Chrysann Zongus.
Sep | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm & Sat: 4pm
No screenings on Wed–Fri, Sep 5–7, 12
A dream is a wish your heart makes, and fairy godmothers are often very helpful in making those dreams come true!
Tyrus Wong: An Appreciation by John Canemaker
Posted on Fri, 06/03/2011 - 06:00

This month, The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Walt Disney’s brilliant and timeless 1942 animated feature, Bambi. In this column, we revisit the observations of renowned author, teacher, and Academy Award®-winning animator, John Canemaker, from his 1996 book, Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists, in which he discussed the career of Tyrus Wong. 

Consider the Source: "Bambi"
Posted on Wed, 06/01/2011 - 06:00

This month, The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Walt Disney’s brilliant and timeless 1942 animated feature, Bambi. In this column, Guest Blogger Jeff Pepper of 2719 Hyperion provides a fascinating examination of the literary source of the film.

World War One Walt
Posted on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 06:00

In observance of Memorial Day, internationally-respected Disney Historian Jim Korkis has provided the following insight into Walt’s Red Cross service. 

Fighting the War with Ink and Paint: Recap
Posted on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 06:00
On Saturday, May 21, Disney historian Paul F. Anderson presented “World War II: Fighting the War with Ink and Paint.” The lecture, which opened with a rousing blast of “Reveille,” included slides and rare film clips about a little-known but fascinating chapter in the Disney Studio history between 1941 and 1945.
A Memorial Day Appreciation of Our Home
Posted on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 06:00

At The Walt Disney Family Museum, we take enormous pride in our location in the heart of The Presidio of San Francisco.

For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World’s Fairs to earthquakes, left their mark. Since 1994, the Presidio has been a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Tyrus Wong and the Art of "Bambi"
Posted on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 06:00
Next month, The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Walt Disney’s brilliant and timeless 1942 animated feature, Bambi. In this column, we revisit the observations of legendary Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston from their 1990 book, Walt Disney’s Bambi: The Story and the Film, in which they discuss the work of Tyrus Wong.
Memorial Day Events at The Walt Disney Family Museum
Posted on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 06:00

You won't want to miss our special programs in observation of Memorial Day!

This Saturday, May 21st at 3pm, in our state-of-the-art digital theater, noted author and The Walt Disney Family Museum's consulting historian, Paul F. Anderson, will present a one-of-a-kind chronicle of Walt’s mutifaceted contributions towards the war effort, featuring rare information and seldom-seen visuals.  

The Timely "Dumbo": Almost a Cover Boy
Posted on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 06:00
When Walt Disney’s Dumbo debuted in the late summer of 1941, it was greeted with a refreshing critical enthusiasm.