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Description of Pictures: 1946–1950
Walt was introduced to the world of miniatures in 1939. Over the years, he collected and crafted them with the idea in mind of building a traveling exhibition of dioramas depicting historic Americana—a hobby he relished. “When I work with these small objects, the cares of the studio fade away.”
“By hook or by crook”:
“By hook or by crook, we’ve got to get going,” Walt said in the wake of World War II. It was time to build. “Now I needed to diversify further, and that meant live action.” Walt’s first foray combined sequences of live action with animation—Song of the South would earn two Academy Awards®.
Underwater cinematography was vital to the success of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Tasked with building the camera’s waterproof housing, The Walt Disney Studios’ machine shop cleverly integrated a miniature air tank that, by equalizing the internal and external pressure as the camera submerged, prevented the housing from leaking.
“Dad, with us, did everything a normal father would do for his children and then some. He drove us to school every day of our lives until I had a driver’s license and could drive, and then he continued to drive Sharon for a couple of years.”—Diane Disney Miller
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WDFM07_180714_004.JPG: Post War Production
"I said, by hook or by crook we've got to get going. We've got to get back in the business that we were in before the war. . . . I wanted to set up so that all my eggs were not in that cartoon basket. I wanted different types of things that I could do so that I could fall on my nose with one of these pictures but I had another one right behind it. So we finally got together...we decided to go ahead." -- Walt
"Our re-conversion job consists of reorganizing our staff to include the experienced men whom we lost and who have now returned, of training others to provide for increased production, and to build up our inventory of stories in preparation and of pictures in work. I believe it can be done quickly and efficiently in proportion to the enthusiasm and the teamwork we can apply to it. All these qualities mean good pictures, and good pictures mean that our future is assured. We have a clear road ahead. Let's get on our way." -- Walt in Annual Report, December 31, 1945
Walt and Roy met the challenge of the postwar years by diversifying their production. The animation department channeled its efforts into new and creative directions, and eventually revived some feature-length projects that had been started before the war. And -- more than twenty years after his arrival in Hollywood -- Walt finally realized his ambition to become a producer of live-action films.
WDFM07_180714_011.JPG: The Package Features
WDFM07_180714_048.JPG: Personal Films
WDFM07_180714_051.JPG: Concept art, c. 1943-45
So Dear to My Heart (1949)
WDFM07_180714_066.JPG: Animated Features
WDFM07_180714_098.JPG: Mitchell underwater camera 1048 with Bausch & Lomb, lens
WDFM07_180714_100.JPG: Nautilus Concept Model II, c 1951
WDFM07_180714_106.JPG: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
WDFM07_180714_122.JPG: Walt's Collections & Family Treasures
WDFM07_180714_129.JPG: Family Story
WDFM07_180714_136.JPG: Sharon, with her husband, Bob Brown and Walt, May 10, 1959
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Wikipedia Description: The Walt Disney Family Museum
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The Walt Disney Family Museum is an American museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum is located in The Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. The Museum retrofitted and expanded three existing historic buildings on the Presidio’s Main Post. The principal building, at 104 Montgomery Street, faces the Parade Ground, and opened on October 1, 2009.
The Walt Disney Family Museum, LLC is owned, operated and funded by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Disney's heirs (including Diane Marie Disney, co-founder of the Museum). It is not formally associated with The Walt Disney Company, the media and entertainment enterprise. Museum co-founders are Diane Disney Miller, Walter E.D. Miller, and Joanna Miller Runeare; executive director is Richard Benefield.
Exhibits in the museum focus on Walt Disney's life and career. The lobby displays 248 awards that Disney won during his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and many Academy Awards.
There are ten permanent galleries:
1. Beginnings -- Material on Disney's ancestors, childhood and early adulthood. Included are early cartoon drawings and a replica of the ambulance he drove in France after World War I. The beginnings of his animation career are explained.
2. Hollywood -- Disney's California partnership with his brother Roy led to the success of Mickey Mouse.
3. New Horizons in the 1930s. -- Disney's success led to fame and significant improvement in animation techniques.
4. The move to features -- Original art from the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is on diplay.
5. "We were in a new business" -- Additional animated features follow, including Pinocchio, Fantasia and Bambi. Disney builds a new studio in Burbank.
6. "The toughest period in my life" -- Labor unrest and Disney's response to World War II.
7. Postwar production -- Disney moves into live action feature films, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
8. Walt + the natural world -- Disney concentrates on nature documentary films.
9. The 1950s + 1960s: The big screen and beyond -- Disney branches out into television and theme parks.
10. December 15, 1966 -- Worldwide response to Disney's death and his legacy.
Artifacts on display include Walt's original 1/8 scale Lilly Belle train (formerly on display at the Disneyland Railroad's Main Street Station), a series of still drawings demonstrating one-minute footage of Steamboat Willie and an underwater camera used for filming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. An early conceptual scale model of Disneyland is another feature.
"It's a collection of ideas and documents, a diverse array of archival, filmic, and pop-cultural texts that historicizes Disney's work and compels us to think twice about how we appraise it. The museum energizes the fascinatingly charged scholarly debate that the Disney phenomenon has provoked, shaking the worn, staid, sometimes cynical images we have of Disney and his empire, bringing to them renewed color and motion."
"Given the heritage of the place, you expect to see a ride at the Walt Disney Family Museum . . . And in a way, there is one, since the museum does just what Disney thought a ride should do when he created Disneyland more than half a century ago: it tells a story. And while the museum is almost leisurely in relating its narrative, only here and there veering into uncharted terrain, and while children will quickly pass by many sections that will fascinate their elders, there are more than enough thrills for everyone."
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