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  • Apr 24, 2017

    Frank Thomas: The Key-Playing Key Animator

    Frank was employed by The Walt Disney Studios on September 24, 1934—he was employee #224. Animating complex characters and sequences throughout his illustrious career, he had an essential role in nearly every animated feature produced during Walt’s lifetime.

  • Apr 13, 2017

    From Driving to Disneyland Paris: Walt and Europe

    When Walt celebrated his 17th birthday near Paris during the first World War, he had no idea what would one day stand just one hour’s drive away—Disneyland Paris.

  • Apr 4, 2017

    Teen Squad: A Squad Member’s Experience

    The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Teen Studio Squad is a yearlong creative experience for teens in the Bay Area.

  • Mar 24, 2017

    Ub Iwerks: Master of Animation and Technology

    Ub Iwerks was a man of many talents. He was a prolific animator and a brilliant technical mind. He was Walt’s Swiss Army knife, a man who was to Walt whatever he needed him to be.

  • Mar 19, 2017

    Celebrating 50 Years of Riding Along in the Gnome-Mobile

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s summer of love we are screening some classic 1960s Disney films all summer long, including The Gnome-Mobile, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

  • Mar 10, 2017

    Walt’s Last Adventure: The 50th Anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean

    First known by the title Blue Bayou Lagoon, what came to be Pirates of the Caribbean was Walt’s crowning achievement in full-dimensional storytelling.

  • Mar 10, 2017

    The Absent-Minded Professor and the Goo that Flew!

    One story was about rubber and another was about a flying car; inspired by the stories of Samuel Taylor's short stories, the writers at The Walt Disney Studios created The Absent-Minded Professor.

  • Feb 21, 2017

    The Courvoisier Galleries: Selling Disney Magic

    President of the highly esteemed Courvoisier Galleries in San Francisco, Guthrie Courvoisier believed that the Disney paintings on celluloid that were used to create Snow White could be sold as valuable art pieces to the public through art galleries and museums all over the world. And he was right.

  • Feb 19, 2017

    Mickey's Follies: Walt's Distribution Deals, Defeats, and Decisions

    Walt’s varied experience with outside distribution companies, would take to heart owning his own characters, stories, and means of production; a lesson The Walt Disney Company embodies to this day.

  • Feb 8, 2017

    The First of the Nine: Les Clark

    Les Clark was a hard-working young apprentice animator at The Walt Disney Studios and would become one of Walt's most prized animators as well as an iconic member of “The Nine Old Men.”