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The Walt Disney Family Museum Showcases “Old Yeller” in September, Features Talk with Ron Miller & Kevin Corcoran



September Programs, Exhibitions, and Events

San Francisco, CA – August 13, 2012-Animal
lovers rejoice! Our furry friends will be in the spotlight all
throughout September at The Walt Disney Family Museum, where we will be
screening the classic Disney live-action film Old Yeller daily. Based on Fred Gibson’s Newberry Honor-winning book of the same name, Old Yeller tells the moving tale of the mutual devotion between animals and their human companions.

Through the production of Old Yeller, Walt Disney sought to combine the popularity of his nature films as well as that of The Mickey Mouse Club
by bringing to life a story that emphasized both animals and children-a
story that would go on to capture the heart of audiences across the
country. Old Yeller opened to great success in 1957, and was
well-received by critics and audiences alike. The extraordinarily
positive reception of Old Yeller encouraged Walt to continue his
endeavors in the field of live-action. Since then, many more animal
films have been made, but this tried and true Disney feature is perhaps
the finest of its genre.


Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia

Through September 16, 2012 | Theater Gallery

Free with Museum admission.

Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia
features drawings by Heinrich Kley-Walt Disney’s most admired European
illustrator-paired with art from Disney’s famed animated film Fantasia
(1940). The exhibition includes 29 drawings by Kley alongside more than
25 sketches, concept art, and maquettes from the Walt Disney classic
film. Also on view are three of Kley’s sketchbooks which feature some 50
pages of intricate drawings. The Kley artworks are from Walt Disney’s
personal collection and are on view for the first time as a collection
in the United States.

Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation

September 27, 2012-April 28, 2013 | Theater Gallery

Free with Museum admission.

special exhibition explores the evolution of stop motion animation in
the United States in special effects, television, and film. Between Frames tells
the story of a 100-year-old art form that launched Walt Disney’s career
in animation. The exhibition features behind-the-scenes photographs,
rare armatures and puppets, and original storyboards from cult favorite
films and television including King Kong, Gumby, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robot Chicken, and The Nightmare Before Christmas and showcases stop motion innovators like Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Will Vinton, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and others.


Film of the Month: Old Yeller (1957)

Screens daily at 11am, 1:30 and 4pm (except Tuesdays, September 22,  29 and 30. No 4pm screening on September 15) | Theater

Free with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: General: $7;  Child: $5

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

The Bridge on the Big Screen: Movies Starring the Golden Gate Bridge

Monsters vs. Aliens

Saturday, September 15 | 6pm | Theater

Free on a first-come, first-served basis, tickets available at 10am

Jim Van Buskirk, author of Celluloid San Francisco, will introduce the film with a presentation titled, On Location:  the Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen.  Offered in celebration of the 75th
anniversary of the Bay Area’s beloved icon, this program features
hilariously horrifying film depictions of the Bridge.  After the
presentation we will be screening Monsters vs. Aliens.

Old Yeller conversation with Ron Miller and actor Kevin Corcoran, moderated by Don Peri

Saturday, September 22 at 3pm | Theater

General: $12 adult, $9 youth | Members: $10 adult; $7 youth

Old Yeller,
one of Walt Disney’s most memorable and poignant films, will be the
focus of a discussion featuring Kevin Corcoran, who played the part of
Arliss in the movie, and former Disney CEO Ron Miller, who served as
second assistant on the film. Disney historian Don Peri will moderate
the discussion as the speakers share their stories and memories about
the making of this 1957 Disney favorite.

Disney Films with Dogs: Weekend Long Marathon Screening

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30

All Day | Theater | Free with Museum admission

Saturday: 101 Dalmatians, The Shaggy Dog, GreyFriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog

Sunday: Lady and the Tramp, The Incredible Journey


Animate Your Night: Where It’s AT-ATTM!

Friday, September 28 | 7-10pm | Museum-wide

Members: $5 | General: $10

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new special exhibition Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation, which reveals the magic behind movie creatures such as King Kong, the Jurassic Park Velociraptors, and the revered Star Wars AT-AT!

San Francisco SPCA and The Walt Disney Family Museum Adopt-a-Thon

Saturday, September 29 | 12-3pm | Main Parade Ground in the Presidio | Free

WDFM has gone to the dogs during the month of September and is hosting
its first Doggie Adopt-a-Thon in partnership with the SFSPCA and other
local rescue groups. Join in the fun on the front lawn as we participate
in animal education and help our furry, four-legged friends find new

Look Closer: The Family Saddles

Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30

11am, 1 and 3pm | Gallery 8 | Free with Museum admission

Join us for a brief gallery talk to learn more about the Disney family’s riding saddles.


Open Studio

Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2

1-3pm (drop-in activity) | Learning Center Art Studio | Free with Museum admission

experience, explore, and experiment with us in Open Studio. Every first
weekend of the month we will be experimenting with different art forms
such as performance, fine art, and design.

Disney Discoveries

Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9

1-3pm | Learning Center | Free with Museum admission

the spirit of classic Disney westerns, join us to make your very own
dreamcatcher! This Native American craft is intended to ensnare
nightmares and let good dreams through.

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Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and
achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art,
transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and
created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October
2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, with interactive
galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music,
listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more.

                 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on
Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day,
Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Tickets:                Free for members | General: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 youth under 17, free for children 5 and under

Where:                104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129




Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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