Snow White was a huge hit for the Walt Disney Family Museum in November, much like she was for Walt himself when the film was first released. The special exhibition Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic debuted on November 15, and is a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the timeless film. Guest curated by Lella Smith, Creative Director of The Walt Disney Company’s Animation Research Library, the exhibit runs until April 14, 2013.
Speaking of Lella Smith, on November 17 she was joined by author and Disney historian J.B. Kaufman for the program From Page to Screen: The Evolution of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was a wonderful experience for any Snow White fan, and a full recap of the program can be read here: Evolution of Snow White.
The activity in the Learning Center last month had Museum guests learning the art of inking and painting their own cels. I was volunteering that day, and fellow volunteer Desiree and I got in on the action. It was so much fun. We were both in awe as to how much skill and patience it must have taken to animate an entire film!
Animate Your Night was a blast as well. There were live dance performances, a DJ, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs screenings in the Theater, a free green screen photo booth, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and more. It was the first one I actually got to attend, and it was a very cool experience.
More fun stuff is happening in December! The Museum is offering free admission and extended hours in honor of Walt’s Birthday on Wednesday, December 5. On December 8, Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr will be on hand to host the program Building Disneyland: How Walt Got Things Done Quickly. He’ll also be sticking around afterwards to sign copies of his book Design: Just for Fun. The “nighttime spectacular” Animate Your Night will be held on Friday, December 21. And the unequivocal highlight for me, as well as any Walt fan, is December’s Film of the Month: Christmas with Walt. Shown daily at 1:30p (except Tuesdays & 12/5, 12/8) in the Theater, this documentary-style film was produced and directed by Don Hahn, and narrated by Diane Disney-Miller. It features priceless footage of Walt and his family through the years at Christmastime. I watch it every year, and it never gets old.
I hope some of you can make it to the Museum this month! If you need additional info on anything you’ve read here, please visit waltdisney.org, or email me. And as always, if you see me there, please come over and say hi!