The Walt Disney Family Museum is always a joy to visit. As a Disney fan, and a Walt Disney Fan there is endless knowledge available. So much so that I have been there a handful of times and each visit I find something new. First a bit about The Walt Disney Family Museum.
The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, creativity and vision helped define 20thcentury American culture, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in the Presidio of San Francisco on October 1, 2009. The 40,000 square foot Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he pursued innovation and excellence while entertaining and enchanting generations worldwide.
Inside the Museum: An American Story
The stories of Disney’s life, creativity, family, and the processes and innovations he brought to his art are told through state-of-the-art exhibits in ten interactive galleries. Highlights of the Museum include:
- Original drawings that Disney made in his youth Drawings and cartoons from Laugh-O-gram Films
- Disney’s first company
- The earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse Storyboards
- Disney innovation that maps out timeless film classics
- The technically innovative Multiplane Camera that brought vibrancy and depth to his revolutionary feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- An interactive station that allows visitors to synchronize film and music
- Disney’s 26 individual Academy Awards as well as the unique Snow White Academy Award®, which includes a full-size Oscar® and seven miniature castings
- Gallery 9, an eye-popping 2-story gallery that features the narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train Disney built for his Hollywood home
- 14-foot diameter model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination and dozens of video screens that showcase his television programs from the 1950s and beyond
- In addition to the galleries, the Museum contains a 114-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store, and a café.
The Museum often holds special exhibitions. Right now they are presenting:
About The Exbit:
On view from March 23 to October 4, 2017, Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja will showcase original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic Disney characters, from menacing villains such as Scar and Jafar to larger-than-life muscle men like Gaston and Hercules, and the much beloved Mama Odie and Lilo Pelekai. In addition to his work for The Walt Disney Studios, Deja is known for independent projects, including his upcoming short film Mushka. The film—featuring a young girl and her tiger in “a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia”—is animated in a colored pencil style. Art from Mushkais showcased in this new exhibition, along with Deja’s Disney application portfolio and wire-frame sculptures. In 1967, when Deja was 13 years old and living in Germany, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book inspired him to become an animator for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. He wrote the company a now well-known letter to inquire about the application process, and he began to realize the dedication and skill it would take to get there.
“The day I received a letter back from Walt Disney Productions expressing the necessity to become a master in the mechanics of drawing, it lit a fire in me to truly become an outstanding animator,” said Deja. “After years of art school and dedicating my personal time to studying animal anatomy and behavior, I was accepted into the animation training program at The Walt Disney Studios in August 1980 and didn’t look back once.”
As a HUGE fan of The Lion King, I’m crazy excited as The Lion King claims its rightful place as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital & Disney Movies Anywhere Aug 15, and on Blu-ray Aug 29. Pre-order now: di.sn/60038qNCN. Which gives me reasons upon reasons to rewatch it.
Artists are truly special people. The way they can take multiple ways to bring their visions to life. Like the clay maquettes, the pencil drawings, and more. Each piece of artwork shown was beautiful. You could get a sense of the Mr. Deja through his work. Every single piece taken by themselves and then together as a whole was magnificent.
Remember the Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja is open till October 4, 2017. Grab a friend. Grab the family. Head on over to the Walt Disney Family Museum for a treat!
***Disclosure: I attended the #PixarCocoEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***