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  • 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.”

  • Sep 11, 2016

    In Search of Walt Disney: Robert Benchley’s Adventures at The Walt Disney Studios

    Walt Disney’s fourth feature film, and perhaps one of his least known, The Reluctant Dragon was released in June of 1941, now 75 years ago. The film follows famed writer and humorist Robert Benchley (playing himself) as he ventures throughout the then brand-new Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, anxious to share a story with Walt that he thinks might make a good cartoon picture. Along the way he has many silly encounters with artists, animators, voice talents, and other employees, experiencing little stories at each new meeting.

  • Sep 8, 2016

    Walt and the Goodwill Tour

    This summer marks the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney and his hand-picked team’s Southern California departure for their “goodwill tour” of South America. The U.S. government was hoping Walt’s presence would help to quell budding Nazi sympathy, while Walt was eager to gather material for future films. By Walt being Walt, he managed to do both.

  • Aug 31, 2016

    Into a New Realm: Inspecting Some Production Art from Walt Disney’s Fantasia

    “This is not the cartoon medium…we have worlds to conquer here.” So Walt Disney described his unique masterwork from 1940, Fantasia. The museum’s collection is comprised of more than 30,000 objects and our collections staff has been busy swapping in other items, including a recent rotation of objects in the Fantasia case in gallery 5.