September Events at the Walt Disney Family Museum

I really wish that I didn’t live over 2,700 miles from the Walt Disney Family Museum. Still, if you’re in the area, then make sure you attend one of the incredible exhibits, programs and events happening in September.

September Exhibitions, Programs, and Events



Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

Now through November 3, 2014 | Theater Gallery

FREE for members or with museum admission | $20 adults | $15 seniors and students

$12 children (ages 6 to 17)

The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to present the exhibition Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis. On view in the museum’s Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014, this exhibition co-curated by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja spotlights some 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs from animator and Imagineer Marc Davis (1913–2000). Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis’ female characters in film—such as Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty’s title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil—as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis. Both Alice and Marc worked with a team of Disney artists and engineers to design and dress the Audio-Animatronics® figures for it’s a small world, including famed artist Mary Blair, one of Walt’s most recognizable leading ladies.

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair

Now through September 7, 2014 | Special Exhibition Hall

$25 for museum and special exhibition admission, $10 for special exhibition admission

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair. This comprehensive exhibition explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original, beloved, and influential designer and art directors, Mary Blair (1911–1978). Guest curator John Canemaker—an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher and author—organized the exhibition to reflect the arc of Blair’s career before, during, and after her years at the Walt Disney Studios through artwork, artifacts, photographs, and videos.


FILM OF THE MONTH | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Screens through Sept, daily at 1:30 & 4pm (except Tuesdays—check our calendar online for exceptions)

Free with museum admission

Join us for this fur-raising adventure featuring one of Disney’s most outrageous villains.


SPOTLIGHT TALKS | A Glimpse into the Art of Marc Davis

Every FridaySaturday, & Sunday in September | 11am1 & 3pm | Theater Lobby

Free with museum admission

Learn more about one of The Walt Disney Studios’ most celebrated artists as we look closer at one aspect of Marc Davis’ multifaceted career.

TALK | Marc Davis: Walt’s Renaissance Man — SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 13 | 3–4:30pm | Theater

$18 members | $20 general |$15 youth (17 and under)

During his 43 years at The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Legend Marc Davis was assigned and produced some of the most difficult animation requested by Walt and his directors. Join master animator Andreas Deja and Bob Kurtz, former Davis student and founder of the Burbank-based animation studio Kurtz and Friends, for a discussion of Davis’ far-reaching talents and considerable influence on the field of animation. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis.

TALK | Over There with Steve Pilcher

Saturday, September 20 | 12:30–5:30pm | Lower Lobby & Theater

Premium package (members only—includes reserved-seating, copy of Over There, and entry into reception): $36 general, $10 child | Program only: $12 member (general), $5 member (child); $20 general, $9 child.

Join Pixar artist Steve Pilcher for a reading, presentation, and book signing for his newest book Over There. Museum members who purchase the premium package are invited to a private reception (12–2pm) with the author before the program (2:30–3:30pm), followed by a book signing (4–5:30pm).


OPEN STUDIO | Armature Building for Animation

Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, September 13 & 14 | 1pm – 4pm | Learning Center

Free with museum admission

The armature is a crucial structural piece of any sculpted character or stop motion puppet. Learn the essentials of armature-making to help build and bring your own original character to life!


Every Saturday in September | 10am – Noon | Lower Lobby or Front Porch

Free with museum admission

Designed for ages 7 and under, Little Open Studio is a place where young ones and their families can put small hands to work creating artwork inspired by what they see here at the museum.


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