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May At The Walt Disney Family Museum

It’s a fascinating month in May at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, with showings of the 1941 classic Dumbo and a look at the Disney Studios during World War II. There’s even an extremely rare screening of 1943′s Victory Through Air Power! Good stuff. As always, you can find out information about the museum at its website, and be sure to subscribe to its blog.

The Walt Disney Family Museum
May 2011 Events Calendar

Join us for Dumbo-themed screenings, classes, activities and fun!
Plus a Salute to Walt Disney Studios during World War II

SCREENINGS + DISCUSSIONS

FILM OF THE MONTH – May 1–May 31
Dumbo (1941)

1:00pm and 4:00pm daily, Theater
(except Tuesdays and May 21 + 22)
Tickets available online

May 21 – World War II: Fighting the War with Ink and Paint
3:00pm, Theater
Tickets available online

It was the day after Pearl Harbor when the U.S. Army moved into the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California. Not only was the Studio a convenient storage facility during World War II, but Walt Disney himself was recruited by the government to create training and propaganda films, which made up more than 90% of the company’s production.

Join noted Walt Disney Family Museum historian and author Paul F. Anderson as he chronicles Walt’s contributions towards the War effort. Relive this pivotal time through never-before-seen images, rare video clips, and moving stories—and through this narrative, discover how Walt Disney whole-heartedly devoted himself and his organization to winning the war. Paul’s presentation is sometimes funny, often emotional, and thoroughly uplifting.

May 22 – Screening – Victory Through Air Power + Conversation
2:00pm, Theater
Tickets available online

Walt Disney Family Museum historian Paul F. Anderson will offer a visual presentation on the making of the film, and the resulting impact the film had on Allied war strategy. This brief presentation will be followed by a screening of Walt Disney’s Victory Through Air Power (1943), after which we will open up the floor to any questions.

MUSIC

May 15 – Volti: A Musical Presentation
4:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall
Tickets available online

Join us in our Special Exhibition Hall to hear Volti’s professional vocalists, under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Robert Geary. The ensemble encourages, fosters and showcases contemporary American music and composers, to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences.

CLASSES + ACTIVITIES

May 7 – Inside the Studios: A Day in the Life of a Studio Member
1:00—3:00pm, Gallery 5
Free with paid Museum admission

Our Inside the Studios Series allows visitors to experience what it’s like to be a member of a studio team, through live demonstrations in our Galleries. This month, we’re kicking off the series by focusing on “the Animator”. Stop by Gallery 5 where you will see an animator hard at work and you can ask questions while watching the artist impart life into their drawings.

May 21 – Voice-over Class: Intermediate
Workshop #1: 10:00am—1:00pm, Learning Center Media Studio
Workshop #2: 2:00pm—5:00pm, Learning Center Media Studio

This intermediate class by Disney voice-over artist, Ned Lott is a follow-up course to our introductory workshop. This class will focus on performance for different applications in the art of voice-over acting. You will receive further training on how to use your body as the instrument to help further develop your own creative character voices. Don’t miss this fun and inspiring class. Registration required. Email education@wdfmuseum.org or call 415.345.6814.

Price: Members: $55 // Non-Members: $60

MAY DISNEY DISCOVERIES! + LOOK CLOSER SERIES

DISNEY DISCOVERIES: Saturday, May 14 + Sunday, May 22
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Learning Center Art Studio
Create your own magical feather! In honor of the film of the month, we will use a variety of materials to make your special charm that’ll help you fly like Dumbo!

LOOK CLOSER:
May 28 + May 29 – Look Closer: World War II Disney Insignias

3:00 pm, Lower Lobby
Would you like to know more about one of the artifacts in the galleries? Our Look Closer series will give you that opportunity—staff will reveal little known facts, behind the scenes information, or just additional information during the 5 to 8-minute gallery talk.

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