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What’s Happening at The Walt Disney Family Museum in February 2013

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STOP MOTION ANIMATION HIGHLIGHTED AT THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM IN FEBRUARY

February Exhibitions, Programs, and Events

 

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic

Now through April 14, 2013 | Special Exhibition Hall

Special ticket price for Snow White: $10 general |
Special combination ticket which includes general museum admission: $25
adults; $20 seniors and students; $15 children ages 6 to 17.

This special exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The exhibition showcases more than 200 works of art including
conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches,
and animation drawings. Also featured are delicate thumbnail layout
watercolors, meticulously rendered pencil layouts, rare watercolor
backgrounds, colorful cels, and vintage posters all illustrating how
Walt advanced the creation of an entirely new art form. Generous support
provided by Wells Fargo.

 

Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation

Now through April 28, 2013 | Theater Gallery

Free for members or with Museum admission

Between Frames explores
the evolution of stop motion animation in the United States in special
effects, television, and film. The exhibition highlights
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 Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and showcases stop motion innovators like Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Will Vinton, Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and more.

 

SCREENINGS

Films of the Month:

Free for members or with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: $7 adult; $5 youth

James and the Giant Peach | February 17 (except February 5) | 1:30pm | Theater

Coraline | February 815 (except February 12) | 1:30pm | Theater

ParaNorman | February 1728 (except February 19 & 26) | 1:30pm | Theater

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Screens through April 30, daily at 4pm (except Tuesdays and 1/19) | Theater

Free for members or with Museum admission | Without Museum admission: $7 adult; $5 youth


DISCUSSIONS

Behind the Magic: Making of ParaNorman and Coraline with Mark Shapiro

Saturday, February 16 | 3pm | Theater

General: $20 adult; $15 youth | Members: $18 adult; $14 youth

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of two popular handmade animated films: ParaNorman and Coraline with Mark Shapiro, director of entertainment brand marketing for LAIKA.

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Animate Your Night: Someday My Prince Will Come

Thursday, February 14 | 7–10pm

General: $12 adult | Members: $10 adult

Celebrate
Valentine’s Day at a special love-laden Animate Your Night after-hours
party! Join us for an evening of adoration, animation, and inspiration.
Experience the galleries in a whole new light and search for love with a
special Valentine scavenger hunt. Illuminate your heart with Disney
love-themed shorts on the big screen, and sip our signature cocktail—the
Prince Charming.

 

Look Closer

Friday–Sunday, February 22–24

11am, 1 & 3pm

Free for members or with museum admission

In
honor of Presidents Day, learn about the special part Abraham Lincoln
played in The Walt Disney Studios’ development of audio animatronics.

 

CLASSES + ACTIVITIES

Learn from the Masters Series: Introduction to Stop Motion Puppet Creation with Bonita DeCarlo

Saturday, February 16 | 10am–noon & 1:30–2:30pm | Learning Center

General: $60 adult; $45 student (valid student ID required) | Members: $55

Designed
for current or former students of animation, this comprehensive
workshop includes a four-step instructive lecture in basic stop motion
puppet creation. DeCarlo covers preproduction puppet methodology, stop
motion character sculpture, mold creation and casting, and
puppet-finishing fabrication.

 

About the instructor: A character fabrication supervisor and character production manager, DeCarlo’s feature credits include Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Monkeybone.

 

This class is for participants ages 18+, all levels of experience. Space is limited. Registration required. Email: education@wdfmuseum.org to register or for more info.

 

Learn from the Masters series: Stop Motion Puppet: Wardrobe Fabrication and Performance with Ruben Esqueda

Saturday, February 23 | 10:00-2:00pm | Learning Center

General: $55 adult; $35 student (valid student ID required) | Members: $45

This
hands-on, four-hour master class for animators at all levels of
experience will focus on the practice of prefabrication of the stop
motion puppet wardrobe and the performance of wardrobe in an animated
scene. Studio time dedicated to the experimentation of follow-through
and secondary motion of puppet wardrobe will be included.

 

About the instructor:
Resident animator and educator at The Walt Disney Family Museum, Ruben
Esqueda’s feature credits include C.A.P. Documentary, The 1 Second Film,
and Oedipus with Vegetables.

 

This class is for participants ages 18+, all levels of experience. Space is limited. Registration required. Email: education@wdfmuseum.org to register or for more info.

 

Open Studio

Saturday + Sunday, February 2–3 & 9–10

1–3pm | Learning Center

Free for members or with Museum admission

Create stop motion animation and try your hand at two early steps of creating an animated film—storyboards and concept art.

 

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The
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.

 

Hours:
                 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

                                415-345-6800

 

Website:             waltdisney.org                 

facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum

                                twitter.com/WDFMuseum

 

The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129 | waltdisney.org

 

Jim Hill

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.

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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New Updates and Exclusive Content from Jim Hill Media: Disney, Universal, and More

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Boy oh boy, do I have some exciting news to share with all of you.

If you’ve been following our journey at Jim Hill Media, you know we’re all about peeling back the curtain to reveal behind the scenes insights, news, and history that surround the world of entertainment and theme parks.

And today, I’ve got a treasure trove of updates to share. So, grab your popcorn, and let’s get into it.

A New Chapter on Patreon

As many of you know, we recently made the big leap over to Patreon, and let me tell you, it’s been quite a rollercoaster ride. This move was driven by your requests for more exclusive content (and the easy to use RSS feed and app is a BIG bonus).

I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for your unwavering support. Your enthusiasm and engagement have been the driving force behind our passion for delivering the best of Disney and Universal content.

Moving to Patreon has opened new avenues for us to connect more deeply with our listeners, offering exciting perks and benefits that allow us to tailor our content more closely to your interests and preferences. It’s been an incredible journey of crafting special content, such as the launch of our video podcast series, [Disney Unpacked].

[Disney Unpacked] – A Video Podcast Series Like No Other

Imagine sitting down for a chat with a Disney Imagineer who’s helped shape your Disney experiences for over three decades. That’s what we’re bringing to the table with [Disney Unpacked]. Alongside the legendary Jim Shull and my partner in crime Len Testa, we explore Disney’s storytelling, sharing how beloved rides and attractions were created, through the eyes of an Imagineer like Jim Shull who personally contributed to these projects.

It’s a rare opportunity to host a video show with Jim Shull, a Disney Imagineer who’s worked on projects like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Toontown for over 33 years. If you’re curious about Jim and his work, check out our “Meet Jim Shull” video.

But that’s not all – as a patron, you’ll gain access to even more exclusive content. Our “Carry On” podcast, where Jim Shull and I explore stories that didn’t quite make it into the main episodes, offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process behind [Disney Unpacked]. Plus, our regular Q&A sessions give you the chance to get answers to all your burning questions about the show.

Beyond the Podcast: Photos and Artifacts from an Imagineers Personal Collection

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, let me introduce you to our brand-new monthly video show, “Picture This.” Hosted by yours truly alongside Jim Shull and moderated by Lauren Hersey, “Picture This” offers a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Shull’s personal collection of over 60,000 photos and artifacts from his 33-year career at Disney. From rare behind-the-scenes shots to exclusive glimpses of Disney history, this show is a must-watch for any serious Disney fan.

Jim Shull opens up his vault and shares some never-before-seen photos and the stories about them.

The History of the Pixar Place Hotel

Recently, it was announced that Disneyland’s Paradise Pier hotel would be reopening as the Pixar Place Hotel.

Curious about the backstory behind this decision? Join Jim Shull and me as we delve into the history of the Pixar Place hotel. Explore its fascinating origins and gain insights into the inspirations drawn from Jim’s leadership on the Toy Story Hotel project at Shanghai Disney.

This YouTube documentary-style video offers a look into the creative process behind one of Disney’s iconic hotel projects.

Debut of “I Want That Too” Video Podcast

Introducing our newest podcast addition, “I Want That Too,” where Jim Hill and Lauren Hersey dive deep into the fascinating world of Disney products. From toys and collectibles to apparel and home goods, we’re here to unpack it all.

But we’re not just about the merchandise – join us as we explore the rich history and untold stories behind your favorite Disney goodies. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting your Disney journey, there’s something for everyone on “I Want That Too.”

This show drops bi-weekly as a Podcast and a Video over on the Jim Hill Media YouTube Channel.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts today.

Welcoming Universal Fans with “Epic Universal” Podcast

And for all you Universal enthusiasts (or Universal Curious) out there, we’ve got you covered too! Introducing “Epic Universal,” a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Eric Hersey and yours truly.

Join us as we dive into the latest news, interviews, and trip planning tips from the Universal universe. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just curious about what’s happening at Universal Studios, we invite you to join the conversation and stay updated with “Epic Universal.”

A Look Ahead: The Future of Jim Hill Media

Phew! It’s been an exhilarating few months at Jim Hill Media, with our Patreon move and new show launches, all dedicated to bringing you top-notch theme park news, insights, and history. Your support and enthusiasm have been the driving force behind our efforts, and we’re incredibly thankful for it.

Looking ahead, we’re excited about the future, with more content and partnerships on the horizon. Whether you’re into Disney, Universal, Marvel, or Merch, we invite you to stay engaged and subscribe for more updates.

A huge thank you for being part of our journey.

Jim Hill

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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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024

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Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX), D23.com, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at JoinD23.com).

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on D23.com; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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

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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.

Jim Hill

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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