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





January 27, 2013




February Exhibitions, Programs, and Events



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.



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


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.



Animate Your Night: Someday My Prince Will Come

Thursday, February 14 | 7–10pm

General: $12 adult | Members: $10 adult

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

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



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

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: 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

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: 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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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






The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, 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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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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Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”



First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an

All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)-Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event.

The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 

Premiere guests will enjoy a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio provided by Dolby and delivered through QSC speakers and amplifiers with Q-SYS control at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Samsung is the title sponsor of the World Premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be released on May 26 in China, day and date with its release in the U.S.

About the Movie:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.  

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.     

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