The Walt Disney Family Museum presents ‘Animate Your Night’ — a new Museum-wide monthly after-hours party. Experience the galleries in a whole new light and illuminate your imagination with music, performance, film screenings, and hands-on art activities. Each evening has a unique theme relating to the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. With complimentary bites, a cash bar featuring a thematic signature cocktail, and much, much more.
On Friday, July 27 from 7 to 10pm, ‘Animate Your Night: Ready, Steady, GO!’ celebrates the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Join us for an evening of animation, innovation, and imagination.
- Immerse yourself in an animated environment using green screen technology
- Dance amongst Walt’s celebrated awards while DJ Syl the Thryl spins British beats all night long
- Munch on pub grub and treat yourself to our signature cocktail — The Olympian
- Enjoy Disney Olympic classics on the big screen
- Look closer at an Olympic Torch — join us for a short gallery talk about the Museum’s 1960 Olympic
- Torch from the Squaw Valley Olympic Games
Tickets for Animate Your Night: $10 general; $5 Museum members.
Upcoming Animate Your Night Events
Friday, August 24, 7–10pm – Hippos, Demons, and Mice…oh Kley!
Celebrate the dark side of Disney with Heinrich Kley, Walt’s favorite European illustrator.
Friday, September 28, 7–10pm – Best in Show!
Join us as we unleash Disney dog films such as Lady and the Tramp, The Shaggy Dog and Greyfriars Bobby and come dance to the live band Big Dog Trouble.
Friday, October 26, 7–10pm – Halloweentown!
Don your best Disney-themed costume and join us for Halloweentown in celebration of the exhibition Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop-Motion Animation. We’ll be screening Nightmare Before Christmas in our theater!
Friday, November 30, 7–10pm – Snow White Opening Celebration
Come celebrate the opening weeks of the Museum’s major exhibition ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic.’ We’ll be serving Poison Appletinis!
Friday, December 21, 7–10pm – Snow White Old Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere
Animate Your Night in old Hollywood style with a special 1930s 75th anniversary premiere party for Snow White. Join us for a soiree of glitz and glamour.
Media sponsor for Animate Your Night: 7×7 magazine.
The Walt Disney Family Museum has announced that it will be honoring the 75th anniversary of Walt Disney’s first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with a special exhibition beginning later this year.
On view from November 15, 2012 to April 14, 2013, the exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s vision and the artistry of his dedicated staff, illustrating how they shaped and defined an entirely new American art form through their creation of this groundbreaking film. Guided by the vision of a master storyteller, 32 animators, 1032 assistants, 107 inbetweeners, 10 layout artists, 25 background artists, 65 special effects animators and 158 inkers and painters and countless production staff came together to create the masterpiece. The exhibition is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, and guest curated by Lella Smith, Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.
‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic’ features 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 Disney advanced the creation of an entirely new art form.
The exhibition is organized by sequence through the progression of the movie, featuring some never-before-seen works of art with behind-the-scenes stories about the film’s production. The exhibition also features artwork from deleted scenes from the film, some of which were only partially animated. One is the Bed Building Scene, in which the dwarfs build and carve a lovely bed for Snow White. Filled with numerous gags, these sequences were great fun, but Walt felt that they took the focus away from Snow White’s story. Other, less-developed scenes included a fantasy scene of Snow White dancing in the stars, and the lodge meeting in which the dwarfs decide to make a bed for Snow White.
Gabriella Calicchio, the Museum’s Chief Executive Officer comments, “I am extremely pleased to present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic as the museum’s first major special exhibition. As the film turns 75, the exhibition showcases Disney’s ongoing significance and relevance on contemporary culture. I am truly inspired by Walt’s life and work, not only for the breadth of his creativity and for his accomplishments, but for his fundamental belief in the power of the imagination, his unwavering tenacity, and the visionary genius he became by following that belief. Disney’s legacy is limitless and I hope the exhibition will ignite creativity and imagination in all of us.”
Walt Disney’s daughter Diane Disney Miller shares, “My Dad was completely and intimately engaged in this film from start to finish. It was the first of its kind to have the depth of character, careful attention to story, original music that helped tell that story, and superb artistry. It was, and is still, a masterpiece and I look forward to sharing it with our community and beyond. I hope visitors come away being inspired just as my Dad hoped to instill creativity, innovation, and imagination in the artists he worked with.”
The Walt Disney Studios began work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1934 and it was released at Hollywood’s Carthay Circle Theater on December 21, 1937. While being the first full-length, animated feature film was a milestone, much of its cinematic importance to the evolution of animation derives from the skill with which the Disney artists imbued their characters with an inner life filled with emotion and thought. As Walt himself described, “Of all the characters in the fairy tales, I loved Snow White the best, and when I planned my first full-length cartoon, she inevitably was the heroine.”
After its premiere in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opened in 1938 at Radio City Music Hall and continued to play across the United States and in Europe throughout 1938 and 1939. The film was wildly popular, becoming the top-grossing film of all time, up to that date. Appealing to audiences of all ages, a wide variety of Snow White merchandise appeared in stores, ranging from toys and books to watches and puzzles. The film’s songs were published on sheet music and RCA Victor albums featuring the film’s memorable songs marked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as the first film to release a multi-record musical soundtrack.
Walt Disney’s groundbreaking masterpiece drew worldwide acclaim, winning the Grand Biennale Art Trophy from the Venice Film Festival and special awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Motion Picture Academy. The film also received an honorary custom-made Oscar® which consisted of one standard Oscar® statuette alongside seven miniature statuettes (representing each of the dwarfs), which was presented to Walt by Shirley Temple in 1939—this by far was the most distinctive award in Academy history.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues to garner accolades and awards. In 1989, it was among the first 25 featured films to be preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, and in 2008, it was named the Greatest Animated Film of All Time. The film also marked a pivotal milestone in animation. Calling upon the experience they gained from creating the early Disney animated shorts and the award-winning Silly Symphonies, Walt Disney and his artists defined the artistic foundation that would shape all their other animated feature films to follow.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Walt Disney Family Foundation Press will publish a fully illustrated 256-page catalogue written by Disney historian J.B. Kaufman. The catalogue features more than 200 pieces of art, many reproduced from original concept sketches, background paintings, and production cels, as well as alternate character concepts, deleted scenes, and step-by-step process shots.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is located at the Presidio in San Francisco and is open Wednesdays through Monday, from 10 am – 6 pm. The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission to the museum is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $12 for children ages 16-17. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs exhibition is a separate admission fee of $10, or $25 per adult when purchased in combination of museum admission. Combo tickets also available at a discount for seniors, students and children.
The Walt Disney Family Museum opened its doors in the Presidio of San Francisco almost a year ago on October 1, and to commemorate its first anniversary, the Museum has announced the launch of a YouTube Video Contest.
From September 27 to November 15, 2010, participants are invited to submit a short promotional video about the one-of-a-kind Museum that explores the fascinating life of Walt Disney, which includes ten interactive galleries that feature early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a 14 foot model of Disneyland and much more. Videos should have a running time between :30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, and the 3 top videos will be showcased on the Museum’s blog and YouTube channel.
The Walt Disney Family Museum has produced a short instructional video to outline the contest rules and regulations, which can be viewed at http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest.
The Grand Prize package includes a 3 hour editorial session in the WDFM Learning Center Media Studio, a Kodak PlaySport camera, a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, dinner for two at La Terrasse Restaurant in the Presidio of San Francisco, as well as a Dual Membership, and a goodie bag from the Museum Store—which includes an autographed copy of the Museum’s book.
The second prize winner will receive an individual one-year membership to the Museum, goodie bag from the store, and an autographed copy of “The Man, the Magic and the Memories”, while the third prize winner will walk away with free admission to the Museum, a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store, and a copy of the book.
On November 29, the three winning videos will be announced on The WDFM’s blog, (http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/contest), as well as Facebook and Twitter, with a posting of the first prize winner’s video on our blog.
The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco. The Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation, produce classic motion pictures and develop the first great American theme park.
The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday – Monday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.