Walt Disney Family Museum
Get to Know the Animator Behind 'Bambi,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' + Howdy Doody at This Disney Museum Exhibit
Called "the Forrest Gump of the arts” by animated film producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), the late Mel Shaw designed ski resorts, restaurants, and a rubber ducky patented in 1950. He created oil paintings depicting California's history. But Shaw was most prolific in his 20-year career as an animator at Disney, where his doodles took life as some of the most iconic cartoon characters in history. Now, more than 100 of Shaw's works may be viewed in the Walt Disney Family Museum's new exhibit, “Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback.”
If there’s one time of year when you can let the fond memories of Disneyland Christmas parades, Fantasia, and Swiss Family Robinson tug at your heartstrings, it’s now. Starting Nov. 26, the Walt Disney Family Museum presents Christmas With Walt Disney, a film that brings the iconic founder back to life alongside your favorite Disney faces. Directed by veteran filmmaker Don Hahn (known for his work on The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast), the film intersperses rare family footage of Disney himself with clips from the studio’s movies and television specials.
If you don't have a soft spot for the music of Disney movies, there's something seriously wrong with you. Next Friday (October 16) The San Francisco Symphony celebrates the opening of the new Walt Disney Family Museum (check out our profile of Founding Executive Director, Richard Benefield) with a night of classics from Cinderella, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. Kids under 17 are half off so find someone to babysit and get your nostalgia on.
While the opening of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco instead of LA can seem a bit perplexing at first, we'll be the first to welcome the fantastical addition with open arms and wide eyes. Whether you're more of a Jasmine or a Cinderella, we think it's safe to say that every girl has wanted to be a Disney princess at some point. And since we've always had a soft spot in our hearts for polka-dots and bows, we decided to dedicate this week's look to the original Disney muse, Minnie Mouse: