The long, cold nights are nearly behind us as the vernal equinox rears its glorious head. And with this new month and season, lots of great stuff is coming to the Walt Disney Family Museum! First, however, let’s take a quick look back at February.
Behind the Magic: Making of ParaNorman and Coraline with Mark Shapiro was a great program, offering an up-close and personal look into the world of stop-motion animation.
Character fabrication supervisor and character production manager, Bonita DeCarlo, came in to teach Introduction to Stop Motion Puppet Creation. DeCarlo’s feature credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. The workshop covered things like: preproduction puppet methodology, stop motion character sculpture, mold creation and casting, and puppet-finishing fabrication.
The always fun after-hours party Animate Your Night featured a Someday My Prince Will Come theme for February. Guests got to partake in: a special Valentine scavenger hunt, love-themed Disney shorts on the big screen, and the 21+ crowd got to enjoy the signature cocktail, “The Prince Charming.”
March sees the stop-motion fun not stopping at all with the program Bringing Frankenweenie to Life. Disney producer/director/author Don Hahn takes a break from his work on projects like: Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Maleficent to talk about what went into creating and shooting the 3D stop motion-film Frankenweenie, as well as share a little insight on the history of stop-motion animation.
On March 23, historian David Lesjak joins us at the WDFM to present 2719 Hyperion: Exploring the History of The Walt Disney Studios. David, author of the book Toons at War, will delve into the history of the studio in which many of animation’s greatest creations were born.
The special exhibits Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic are still going strong (through April), and in March there are two films of the month: Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a special Mickey Mouse-a-thon.
March is going to be a fun month at The Walt Disney Family Museum. 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 at the museum, please come over and say hi!