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Workshops Virtual
Sun, Nov 1 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In celebration of Fantasia's (1940) 80th anniversary, join us to experiment creating a musically-inspired piece of art. Use color theory, shapes, lines, and patterns to represent the mood of a piece of music in an abstract painting.

Workshops Virtual
Sun, Oct 18 | 10:30am–12:30pm

In this delightfully spooky workshop, channel your inner mad (toy) scientist as you combine recycled parts to create something unique. Choose your favorite pieces from an array of stuffed toys and stitch them all together to create a new friend.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Oct 10 | 1–2:30pm

Animating facial expressions, whether realistic or exaggerated, is a difficult skill to master. To enhance believability, animators often use themselves as a model for their own poses and expressions. Many classic animators even kept a small mirror by their desks so they could use their reflections

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 29 | 10:30am–noon

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

Talks Virtual
Wed, Aug 26 | 5:30pm PT

Join actor, comedian, and writer Bobby Moynihan for behind-the-scenes stories from his voice work on several Disney projects, including roles in Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University (2013) and Inside Out (2015), Disney Television Animation’s DuckTales (2017–present), Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars

Talks Virtual
Sat, Aug 29 | 1pm

Willie Ito’s life was upended when he and his family were taken from their home in San Francisco and interned in Utah at a camp for Japanese Americans. Several years after his release, he accepted a dream job at The Walt Disney Studios as an animator on Lady and the Tramp (1955). In this special

Talks Virtual
Fri, Aug 21 | 5:30pm PT

Join Art Director and Former Imagineer Ray Spencer for backstage stories from his projects for Walt Disney Imagineering, including Buena Vista Street, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, and the reintroduction of the Hatbox Ghost character in Haunted Mansion.

Workshops Virtual
Sat, Aug 15 | 10:30am–noon

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

Posted on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 13:22

After years of making package features that compiled animated short subjects, Walt Disney’s artists knew that Cinderella, released 70 years ago in 1950, would be different. As a full-length fairy tale, it was more akin to the stories they’d told before World War II. But the film would have a twist on its predecessors.

Special Events
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

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.”

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.