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May 17, 2018–Jan 7, 2019
The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to announce its newest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation, on view to the public from May 17, 2018 through January 7, 2019 in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall.
This unique exhibition celebrates the distinctive talents and contributions of The Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists, playfully dubbed the “Nine Old Men” by Walt. The famed nine were: Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas.
Masters of Animation will feature an array of artwork and family mementoes from each of the Nine Old Men, including sketchbooks, caricatures, and snapshots, as well as original art from classic animated films such as Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Sleeping Beauty (1959).
Never-before-seen personal artwork, paintings, sculptures, concept art, and character drawings—including Mickey Mouse—will all be on display, alongside documentary interviews with these masters of animation, as well as rarely exhibited pencil tests and final color scenes that showcase their genius.
This original exhibition is curated by Don Hahn, Academy AwardŽ-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994). Hahn conducted extensive research on the Nine Old Men, sitting down with each of the animators’ families for in-depth discussions, unearthing details about the unique backgrounds and personalities of the men behind iconic Disney characters and films.
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- WDFM90_180714_12.JPG: Walt Disney's
Nine Old Men
Masters of Animation
- WDFM90_180714_24.JPG: Mel Shaw
Nine Old Men caricatures
(Top Row) Woolie Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Eric Larson
(Middle Row) Milt Kahn, Marc Davis, Les Clark
(Bottom Row) Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball, Frank Thomas
- WDFM90_180714_32.JPG: The Nine Old Men, 1972
Top row: Milt Kahl, Marc Davis, Frank Thomas, Eric Larson, and Ollie Johnston
Bottom row: Woolie Reitherman, Les Clark, Ward Kimball, and John Lounsbery
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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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