FOR THE MONTH OF MAY THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUMSHOWCASES
Also Opening Special Exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery
San Francisco, CA – April 6, 2012—Before they were the classic Disney films we know and love, fairytales were tales as old as time with quite different storylines. Explore what Walt saw in these stories and how he gave each film their own “Disney Treatment.” Among these classic tales was The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men.
In honor of its 60th Anniversary, the film will be screened daily at 1 and 4 p.m. in The Walt Disney Family Museum’s state-of-the-art digital theater throughout the month of May.
At the end of World War II, Walt Disney wanted to reboot The Walt Disney Studios so that all his “eggs weren’t in the cartoon basket.” He and his brother Roy met the challenges of the postwar years by diversifying their production and expanding beyond the animation industry—and, more than 20 years after his arrival in Hollywood—Walt finally realized his dream of becoming a producer of live-action.
Originally released 1952, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men was the Disney Studios second feature-length live action film after the 1950 release of Treasure Island. With the success of these two films combined, the Studios gained the confidence and funds to test out new techniques with the next—and arguably the most successful and technologically advanced—live action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Heinrich Kley: From Fantasy to Fantasia
Pixar Director (The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible/Ghost Protocol) and two-time Academy Award®-winner (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) Brad Bird will discuss how Walt adapted well-known and even previously-filmed stories and created what are widely regarded as “definitive,” versions. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men; Treasure Island to Swiss Family Robinson, Bird will explore the appeal of these tales to Walt—and how his individual and personal viewpoint made them enduring classics.
Look Closer: The Work of Heinrich Kley: Bizarre, Imaginative, and Inspirational
CLASSES + ACTIVITIES
Saturday, May 19
Saturday, May 26
Tickets for all films and programs are available at the Walt Disney Family Museum Member Services and Reception Desk or online at waltdisney.org.
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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, and $12 children ages 6 to 17;
Where: 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129
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