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Thu, Aug 6 | 5pm PT | Virtual Fundraiser

We are delighted to celebrate Alan Menken's recent achievement in earning the coveted EGOT, following his Daytime Emmy win for Best Original Song. He is the 16th person to receive the distinction of earning four prestigious awards—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. We invite you to a special musical

San Francisco, July 24, 2020—The Walt Disney Family Museum is delighted to host Oscar®-, Grammy®-, Tony®-, and Golden Globe®-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken for an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Streamed live on Thursday, August 6th, this special event will be presented in

Talks Virtual
Wed, Aug 19 | 5:30pm PT

Join film historian and Academy Award®-, Emmy Award®-, and Peabody Award®-winning filmmaker John Canemaker for an in-depth look at the history of character animation from Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) to The Walt Disney Studios’ advancements of the 1930s.

A Machine for the Imagination: Walt Disney’s Pinocchio and the Mulitplane Camera
Posted on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 16:31

This multiplane camera was unlike anything ever used before at Walt’s studio, and in particular it was a favorite tool on his second feature film, Pinocchio (1940). Learn more about the foremost and often celebrated use of the multiplane’s wondrous ability in sequence two of Pinocchio, “Goes to School.”

Enjoy screenings of classic Disney films in our Fantasia-themed theater. Film tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in-person at the Ticket Desk on the day of your visit. Please check our calendar on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date schedule, exceptions, and pricing. See a schedule of our upcoming films in list form here

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Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:56

This incredible abstract façade of “it’s a small world” by Mary Blair from 1964—displayed in our 2014 exhibition, MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair—was made with an interesting combination of techniques and materials. It was constructed of cast plaster with mosaic-like design elements, which give us an insight to the many processes that Mary Blair used in her artwork.

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Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 26 | 1–2:30pm

Animation often involves long hours of work hunched over a light table or computer, which is not always good for an artist’s posture. After spending a long time working on a piece of animation while bent over in an uncomfortable pose, the artist’s back might start to hurt. In this installment of our

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Sep 12 | 1–2:30pm

Traditional hand-drawn animation requires an incredibly high number of individual drawings for each piece of movement. It has been estimated that classic animators like Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were able to complete from 14–24 seconds of animation per week. If each second of animation requires 24

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 29 | 1–2:30pm

The moment a piece of art comes together just right can be a thrilling and uplifting experience which fills the artist with confidence in their artistic ability. Confidence is key for encouraging artists and animators to keep going even as the work gets difficult and they encounter unexpected

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 15 | 1–2:30pm

It is widely accepted that we are our own worst critics, and artists are no exception. Even the most experienced artists can be unsatisfied with a piece of work and start to doubt their skill. When embraced, self-doubt can actually be an important part of the artistic process as it motivates the

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 25 | 1–2:30pm

Every artist has experienced it—the paralyzing lack of inspiration when faced with a blank page. In this installment of our Studio Series, learn about anticipation, exaggeration, and character animation as you create your own animation of an animator struggling with an art block.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Jul 25 | 10:30am–noon

Every artist has experienced it—the paralyzing lack of inspiration when faced with a blank page. In this installment of our Studio Series, learn about anticipation, exaggeration, and character animation as you create your own animation of an animator struggling with an art block.

Posted on Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:50

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s collection of maquettes, or small character reference sculptures, spans various Disney animated feature productions including Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), and Peter Pan (1953). While most in our collection are painted plaster, there are a few exceptions—such as this The Ugly Duckling (1939) maquette—where surfaces have been left unpainted.