Oswald, Roger, and the Easter Bunny have had their annual meeting. Easter 2013 is behind us, and April 2013 is before us. There are some cool things happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum this month, but first I want to tell you what happened in March.
Don Hahn started things off with a terrific program called Bringing Frankenweenie to Life. He opened with a little history of stop-motion animation, showed us some of his favorite examples, and then shared several stories about what it was like on the set of 2012’s Frankenweenie. It was a fascinating program from start to finish. If you’re interested, I wrote a full recap on The Disney Project.
Guests got to plan and operate stop-motion sets and animate a stop motion puppet in Stop Motion Puppet Performance with resident animator Ruben Esqueda. These fun classes utilize music as well as full-body motion to explore a variety of animation techniques.
Disney historian David Lesjak visited the WDFM to present the wonderful and informative program 2719 Hyperion: Exploring the History of The Walt Disney Studios. Using several incredible photos, David shared the history of what was perhaps animation’s most important studio.
Now, let’s talk about April!
This is your last chance to see the special exhibit Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic, as it closes its doors on April 14. If you are in the Bay Area or plan to be before then, it is definitely worth checking out.
In honor of this amazing exhibition, the film of the month will once again be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And on April 13, join historian Donald Crafton for the event Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Artistic Vision. Donald will discuss many of the fine art traditions that went into the film’s consistent “look and feel.”
Throughout the month there will be great classes and activities for guests of all ages. Learn animation techniques, painting with watercolor, or explore the use of water media. Professional artists from the California Watercolor Association will be on-hand to help guests create their own art.
Lots of cool stuff is happening in April 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!