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!