SF – Eyvind Earle’s Influence

Join Michael Giaimo, art director of Oscar®-winning Frozen (2013) and Pocahontas (1995), at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, November 4th at 4:00 PM as he discusses the many ways in which Eyvind Earle’s work inspired his own art and the memorable design on the classic Disney films that he’s worked on.

In 1951, Eyvind Earle began working at The Walt Disney Studios, and his distinctive style quickly caught the attention of Walt Disney. Soon after Earle began working for Walt, he was chosen to create the entire look of Sleeping Beauty (1959). However, his influence on Disney films didn’t stop there.

Michael Giaimo is a production designer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Giaimo spearheaded the visual components of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning feature film, Frozen, for which he won an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for production design in an animated feature production. Aspiring to work in animation since age 6, Giaimo first joined Disney in 1978 after studying at CalArts in the character animation program alongside John Lasseter. Giaimo left Disney in 1986 and returned to the Studios in 1992, serving as art director on the Oscar®-winning feature film Pocahontas, which opened in 1995. Giaimo was awarded an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood for Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Film for his work on Pocahontas that year. After pursuing outside projects from 2001 to 2009, Giaimo returned to Disney and soon began work on Frozen. Giaimo has continued his work with the Frozen filmmaking team, as art director on the 2015 short film Frozen Fever and as production designer on the upcoming holiday featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

Tickets available at the link…

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
415.345.6800

Walt Disney Family Museum Exhibits at the D23 Expo

Press Release:

The Walt Disney Family Museum is proudly participating in the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA this Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16th.

Find us on the show floor, where we will have special photo opportunities with large-scale Eyvind Earle artworks, a special showcase of exclusive merchandise—including original Eyvind Earle serigraphs—, and special guest appearances throughout the weekend. We hope to see you there!

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Special Guest Appearances:

Friday, July 14th
Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck)| Meet and Greet | 4:00 PM
Andreas Deja (animator of films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch, and more | Signing | 5:30 PM

Saturday, July 15th
Don Hahn (producer of films including Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more) | Special Announcement | 4:00 PM

SF – Tyrus Wong: A Celebration

Press Release:

Tyrus Wong, who recently passed away at the age of 106, was a prolific and multi-talented artist – a painter, designer, lithographer, muralist, and kitemaker. Tyrus worked for many years in Hollywood as a film production illustrator, first for The Walt Disney Studios under Walt’s direction, and later for the Warner Brothers Studio. He is well-known for his key role as the lead artist on Disney’s 1942 classic, Bambi. Tyrus was named a Disney Legend in 2001, and is the subject of Pamela Tom’s 2015 award-winning documentary, Tyrus. The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrated Tyrus in the 2013 exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong – one of the largest retrospectives of his work.

In honor of Tyrus’ inspiring life and compelling body of work, join the Walt Disney Family Museum on Thursday May 18th at 3:00 PM to hear from Oscar®-nominated Pixar writer and director Ronnie del Carmen, filmmaker Pamela Tom, and Tyrus’ daughter, Kim Wong, as they reflect on the life and work of a creative genius. Tickets available at the link…

Presented in association with the Presidio Trust.

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
415.345.6800

SF – The Muppet Holidays with Dave Goelz

000_gonzo-dave-goelzMuppeteer Dave Goelz (The Great Gonzo) appears at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Press Release:

In the spirit of holiday traditions, join us for a special screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol. In this highly-acclaimed film, The Muppets tell their delightfully charming version of the classic holiday tale written by 19th century novelist Charles Dickens. Following the screening, take part in a discussion with Dave Goelz, who starred in the film as Gonzo the Great performing as Charles Dickens.

The film will be screened at 6:30pm prior to the program. Admission to the film screening is included with the program ticket. Tickets available at the link…

About Dave Goelz
Dave Goelz has been a principal puppeteer with The Muppets for forty-three years. His characters include The Great Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Beauregard, and Waldorf from The Muppet Show; Boober Fraggle, Traveling Matt, and Philo the Rodentia from Fraggle Rock; Digit from The Jim Henson Hour; Rugby and Ditz from Jim Henson’s Secret Life of Toys; Stinky the Skunk from Jim Henson’s Animal Show with Stinky and Jake; and Randy the Stupid Pig and Gary Cahuenga the Vent Dummy from Muppets Tonight!

Goelz first started working for Henson Associates in 1973 as a puppet designer and builder and periodically had the opportunity to perform. The first highly-successful characters that he built were Animal, Zoot, and Floyd Pepper. Despite the fact that he had no formal training for puppeteering, he went on to perform as Zoot, the blue-haired saxophone player from The Muppet Show’s house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. He eventually stopped building puppets and worked exclusively as a performer.

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
415.345.6800

SF – Up Director Speaks

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Pete Docter, Academy Award–winning director of Up and Monsters, Inc., and Disney historian Don Peri co-host this talk about the role of the animation director on Saturday March 1st from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Learn about the host of talented  artists who  worked as Disney directors on productions ranging from early silent shorts to the feature films of today and how their role evolved during Walt’s lifetime and beyond. Key directors from Disney’s storied past are highlighted.

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

SF – 101 Dalmatians Panel

Floyd Norman, Andreas Dejas, and Don Iwerks speak on Saturday February 12 at 3:00pm

Designing a Contemporary Classic: The Art and Process of 101 Dalmatians

This panel of Disney animators and innovators will discuss the unique style of 101 Dalmatians, how it differed from other Disney films, and why it was such a successful and revolutionary film. Hear about the groundbreaking new technological advancement of the Xerox? process, what this new technology meant to the animation industry, and how the Disney team produced all those spots!

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

CA – Two Guys Named Joe Lecture

John Canemaker lectures at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Friday August 13 and Saturday August 14, 2010

Friday August 13 6:30pm, Theater tickets available online

Saturday August 14 3:00pm, Theater tickets available online

Academy Award-winning animator and renowned animation historian/author John Canemaker presents an illustrated lecture on Joe Grant (1908 – 2005) and Joe Ranft (1960 – 2005), two unique and important creative influences on the art of storytelling at the Walt Disney and Pixar studios. Join us for a book signing following each discussion.