What’s Happening at the Walt Disney Family Museum – January 2013

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Published on January 03, 2013 at 10:38 pm with 4 Comments

While the interpretation of the Mayan Calendar may have been a tad off, the calendar for The Walt Disney Family Museum was right on the money! The Holidays are always a fun time at the WDFM, and 2012’s proved to be no exception. The documentary-style film Christmas with Walt was featured throughout December, and much like It’s a Wonderful Life, or A Christmas Story, it has become a must-watch for me every Holiday season.

Every year on December 5, the Museum celebrates Walt Disney’s birthday by offering extended hours and free admission, while supplementing screenings of Christmas with Walt, with Walt: The Man Behind the Myth. Many people took advantage of the offer last month, as there’s no place better to celebrate the birthday of the greatest creative genius of all time. And on December 8, Disney Legend Bob Gurr stopped by to give a presentation called “Building Disneyland: How Walt Got Things Done Quickly.”

This was a hot ticket. Even Diane Disney Miller stopped by to hear him speak. Bob was as funny as he was informative. In fact he had so many wonderful stories, he ran well over the time allotted for the program! Nobody complained.

December’s Animate Your Night was themed after the 1937 red carpet premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and was one of the most elaborate AYNs yet.

January is packed full of stuff to do at the WDFM, and promises to be a great start to 2013. The film of the month is the timeless Sleeping Beauty. By popular demand, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been held over another month, and will also be featured. On January 19, Walt Disney Studios Director of Library Restoration and Preservation Theodore Gluck will host a program titled “The Disney Classics: Preserving Walt’s Vision.” Gluck will offer an exclusive glimpse of the techniques used in bringing Disney films to a contemporary world. And no, Theodore and I are not related!

Lots of fun classes are also happening in January, from learning about the preservation of animation cels, to stop motion puppet construction. The full calendar can be viewed here: http://www.waltdisney.org/calendar.

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!

About Keith Gluck

Keith Gluck writes for and volunteers at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He also runs a Disney blog called thedisneyproject.com, and travels to Disney Parks as often as he can. A fan of many facets of The Disney Company, Keith's main interest is the life and legacy of Walt Disney. For questions/comments, or to request a certain topic be covered, please send an email to: [email protected] Twitter: @DisneyProject Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Disney-Project/194569877288847

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  1. I’m a huge fan of the style of Sleeping Beauty and the absolutely breathtaking backgrounds by Eyvind Earle. Can’t imagine a more perfect place to see this film again!

  2. Actually, I believe this is the first year that they’ve celebrated Walt’s birthday in such fashion. A great way to do so. Would’ve loved to have seen the Bob Gurr presentation.

    The restoration panel coming up sounds interesting. I wonder if it will provide discussion on way the colors on so many Disney animated DVDs and Blurays are so horribly off with each restoration. Even Ron Dias, assistant animator on Aurora claims the BDs colors aren’t quite what they should be.

  3. Cool, I’ve been seeing their TV commercials over the holiday season. I’ve got to get a membership this year to enjoy all the changing exhibits.

  4. Thanks Keith!
    December 8th, Walt’s Birthday, with free admission to the museum, was packed all day! At one point, there was almost a two hour wait for admission tickets to the galleries. Animate Your Night on December 21st was a blast, it was the actual 75th anniversary night of the Hollywood Premier of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. People were encouraged to dress in vintage 30′s attire, there was live music and swing dancing, it was a very glamorous and fun night. Snow White, both the movie and special exhibition, continue to be very popular.
    Plus, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is showing this week at The Castro Theater, a beautiful old movie palace with a live pipe organ music concert before each showing! http://www.castrotheatre.com/