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June 2010 Events at The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum continues to attract visitors from around the globe for its high quality exhibits. They also have a monthly event schedule that rivals any museum. So even if you’ve already been to WDFM, these events will make you want to come back and see some more. I wish they would webcast some of these talks, but until then check the calendar below the cut so you can be there.


Silly Symphonies (1929-1939)
1:00pm and 4:00pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays and June 19 and June 26.)

Starting with The Skeleton Dance in 1929 and ending with The Ugly Ducking remake in 1939, the Silly Symphonies is a series of 75 cartoons based on musical themes. The film of the month comprises selections from the series, which feature a different cast of characters in each installment. Highlights include The Old Mill (1937), Flowers and Tress (1932), Music Land (1935) and The Three Little Pigs (1933).


June 19 – Innovations in Animation: Sound, Color, and Depth
3:00 pm, Theater

Walt Disney tested new technologies in the Silly Symphonies and produced animated shorts with sound, color, and depth. Russell Merritt, professor of Film Studies at Berkeley and co-author of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies, will discuss Music Land, Flowers and Trees, and The Old Mill among other groundbreaking shorts.

June 26 – Firsts in Animation: A Look Back and Forward with Don Hahn
3:00 pm, Theater

Learn how Walt took risks that pushed the boundaries in the industry and changed animation forever. Film producer (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and director Don Hahn discusses “firsts in animation” and highlights the new technological and artistic developments in the industry.


DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Second Saturday of each month

June 12 – Disney Discoveries! Silly Cartoon Cranked Moviola
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio

Imaginations and creativity will soar with our new Disney Discoveries! The second Saturday of each month, join us for family fun and activities in the Learning Center. The activities planned by our education staff will inspire the hidden artist in young visitors while learning about the life and work of Walt Disney.

The Disney Discoveries! Activities are free with paid admission to the Museum. No ticket is needed for members—just show your membership card.


June 25, 26 + 27 – Look Closer: Multiplane Camera
11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Theater Lobby

Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity. In the 15 – 30-minute gallery talk, staff will reveal little known facts and information not on the gallery label.

The Look Closer series is free with paid admission to the Museum. Members are always free and no ticket is needed. Just show your membership card.

Where: The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Admissions: Various: check Website for details.