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  • Oct 19, 2016

    Flying to New Heights: Celebrating 75 Years of Walt Disney’s Dumbo

    Walt took a swing at a different kind of picture after releasing Fantasia (1941). It was a feature film not as grandiose as those that preceded it, but was perhaps even more effective in emotional impact. The film was Dumbo (1941), now celebrating 75 years since its release.

  • Oct 19, 2016

    Painting Dreams with Mary Blair

    In the newest addition to our galleries at The Walt Disney Family Museum, we reintroduce the iconic work of the concept artist and designer Mary Blair. With the recent rotation of Blair’s artwork in gallery 7, guests view a selection of Mary’s unique visual development work for the memorable films Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.

  • Oct 16, 2016

    Gentle Visionary: Naming Things

    Roy had a knack for naming things. Simplicity and clarity appealed to him. The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio of 1923 became The Walt Disney Studio in 1926, at Roy’s request.

  • Oct 9, 2016

    Walt's World's Fair

    The 1964/65 New York World’s Fair represented a growth point for Walt in many different avenues of creative expression. Beyond being an opportunity to receive generous corporate sponsorships to develop new attraction technology, the Fair symbolized the pinnacle of Walt’s shared values of futurism and global cooperation. 

  • Oct 9, 2016

    Gentle Visionary: Walt's Advance Man

    Roy O. Disney sometimes acted as an advance man for Walt who was immersed in production details, storylines, and almost everything else at the Studios. Roy kept Walt abreast of developments in succinct, vivid letters and memos.

  • Oct 5, 2016

    Inside The Walt Disney Family Museum Anniversary Film

    In celebration of the museum’s seventh year we will be screening our anniversary film, which gives a behind the scenes look at the creation of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

  • Oct 1, 2016

    Gentle Visionary: Roy O. Disney

    Roy Disney was a financial genius. But he was more than that in the same way that Walt Disney was more than a film producer. Here is a chance to learn more about him through his own words and recollections of his contemporaries. Even a small sample of his correspondence to Walt shows the caliber of person that was Roy Oliver Disney. 

  • Sep 28, 2016

    The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling was the only Silly Symphony to be remade.The second production of The Ugly Duckling, released in 1939, included all of the Studios’ innovations of the prior decade as well as lessons learned from the production process of their first feature film—Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—released nearly a year and a half earlier. This resulted in a new subtlety and sophistication, rich Technicolor, and compelling character animation.

  • Sep 28, 2016

    Reimagining Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket, the loveable cricket who plays the role of Pinocchio’s conscience, had a very different storyline in the original story. Walt Disney had a keen eye for detail and story; he paid just as close attention to the minor characters as he did the lead. Look at Jiminy’s evolution, and how each piece of the story was equally important to ensuring the success of the characters and the film as a whole.

  • Sep 18, 2016

    A Machine for the Imagination: Walt Disney’s Pinocchio and the Mulitplane Camera

    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.”