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WD-FM: The Official Walt Disney Family Museum Podcast
42 minutes | 6 days ago
WD-FM Museum Musings (May 2021)
Time for this month's WD-FM Museum Musings! Hear Chris and Bri discuss upcoming important dates in Disney history, ways to prioritize your mental health like Walt during Mental Health Awareness Month, and Asian American artists that worked at The Walt Disney Studios during Walt's lifetime. Director of Exhibitions and Collections Marina Villar Delgado rejoins the podcast to discuss virtual exhibitions and some of her favorite objects in the museum's collection.
55 minutes | 23 days ago
Wish upon a star with WD-FM as Chris and Bri take a deep dive into Walt Disney's second animated feature film, Pinocchio (1940). An epic of animated cinema, Pinocchio is full of moments of artistic beauty and fun entertainment. Learn how this film was developed and some fun facts about the technology used to bring the film to life.
43 minutes | a month ago
WD-FM Museum Musings (April 2021)
Enjoy a new episode of our monthly WD-FM Museum Musings where you can catch up with Chris and Bri on upcoming events, programs, and more on our upcoming virtual exhibition, Conserving the Magic of Our Planet: A Virtual Community Art Exhibition. Stay for a special interview with Director of Education Travis Lacina about the difference between workshops and classes, how his team adapted to teaching animation virtually, and his favorite museum artifacts.
64 minutes | 2 months ago
14 The Walt Disney Studios and World War II
Fall in with WD-FM as we explore the history behind our newest special exhibition, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II. Hear excerpts of interviews with Exhibition Curator Kent Ramsey, Director of Exhibitions Marina Villar Delgado, and Exhibitions Assistant Kaitlin Buickel to hear how they helped to bring this unique exhibition to the public. Learn more about The Walt Disney Studios and World War II and ways to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum at waltdisney.org/wwii.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
WD-FM Museum Musings (March 2021)
Join Bri and Chris for this month's Museum Musings episode of the WD-FM Podcast, and stay for an interview with Executive Director Kirsten Komoroske discussing the museum's upcoming reopening. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or watch the video version on our YouTube channel.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
13 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Jump into the storybook with us as the WD-FM podcast takes a deep dive into the creation of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This groundbreaking film redefined animation and entertainment for families around the world. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. A video version with closed captioning is available in our show notes posted on our blog.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
WD-FM Museum Musings (February 2021)
We are excited to present our revamped WD-FM podcast! Join Bri and new co-host Chris for our first Museum Musings episode, featuring museum updates, upcoming programs, and an interview with our Public Programs Manager Tracie Timmer. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or watch the video version on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned for our Deep Dive episode later this month where we will be taking a closer look at Walt Disney's first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
27 minutes | 7 months ago
International Podcast Day: Sound Innovation
In honor of International Podcast Day we are celebrating Walt's innovation with sound. Much as podcasts have become a way to reinvent storytelling for the auditory medium, Walt sought to do the same with sound. Explore some of the innovative ways Walt reinvented the wheel, using sound to further expand the art of storytelling. The Walt Disney Family Museum is a center for art, animation, and inspiration. Located in the historic Presidio, a national park in San Francisco, California, the museum celebrates the remarkable life of Walt Disney by telling his story, celebrating his legacy, and examining his influence on the world of entertainment. Eleven years ago, we were founded in 2009 by Walt Disney’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, who wanted to share the story of her father with the world. In recognition of the museum’s history, and in order to honor the man behind the magic, we have created this unique podcast. Join for stories and conversations about the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney as we reflect on The Walt Disney Family Museum's first eleven years as an institution.
92 minutes | 10 months ago
Memories from the Children of the Nine Old Men
Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men were some of the most talented artists at The Walt Disney Studios during Walt’s lifetime. However, their unique genius was not confined to their animator’s desks; the sincerity in their work was often inspired by their own families and the people that surrounded them. Moderated by curator Don Hahn, this special talk—which will close out the Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation exhibition—you will hear from those who knew the legendary animators best: their children. Relive the children’s favorite moments with their fathers as they discuss what it was like growing up in artistic households, and how their fathers’ legendary work influenced their own lives and careers. The program was originally presented on January 5, 2019.
30 minutes | a year ago
Conversation with The Walt Disney Family Museum's Collection Team
Join us for a conversation with our Collections team and hear about their unique jobs and the fascinating challenges they face when working with the objects in our collection. Featured is our Senior Registrar Jamie O'Keefe, Conservators Martin Salazar and Tonja Morris, and Preparators Ryan Mortensen and Maureen Shields.
32 minutes | a year ago
12 The Silly Symphonies
In this episode we explore the Silly Symphonies, Walt’s musical series of shorts that changed the landscape of animation as an art form forever. The Silly Symphonies, beginning with The Skeleton Dance, eventually grew to 75 total shorts between 1929 and 1939, produced and released concurrently with Mickey Mouse cartoons. The Silly Symphonies were a platform for Walt to stretch the art of animation while bringing new animators into the fold.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
11 Mickey Mouse
Even after decades of success, Walt Disney always wanted the world to remember that his entertainment empire was “all started by a mouse.” This episode chronicles Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal. The Walt Disney Family is presenting the special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World now through January 6, 2020.
24 minutes | 2 years ago
D23 Expo Interviews with Bret Iwan and Eric Goldberg
Hear from the voice of Mickey Mouse, Bret Iwan, and legendary animator and director, Eric Goldberg from the 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA.
23 minutes | 2 years ago
10 Losing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Walt’s first venture into the all cartoon medium started with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. From 1927 to 1928 Walt and his team would produce 26 Oswald shorts and by March of 1928 the character and half of Walt’s animators would be taken away by distributor, Charles Mintz. Learn about Oswald's early beginnings and his eventual return to The Walt Disney Company.
32 minutes | 2 years ago
09 Walt and Lillian Disney
Humor is best shared with those you love. Walt shared a lifetime of laughter with the world, but more importantly, he shared love and laughter with his family and friends. This week we celebrate the love story between Walt and Lillian Disney. Whether celebrating their anniversary playfully dancing at the Golden Horseshoe Review, or a small puppy popping out of a hat box, Walt and Lilly showed the unique bond forged by love and laughter.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
08 The Alice Comedies
Walt went back to the drawing board when he moved to Hollywood. Our hosts explore the beginnings of The Walt Disney Company with the first series the Alice Comedies.
19 minutes | 2 years ago
07 Walt Learns to Fail Forward
Highlights from this episode include odd jobs, dental hygiene, and the kindness of strangers. What do these things have in common? Be prepared to find out! Learn about the people who had a huge impact on Walt's life after Laugh-O-grams went under, and hear how Walt remembered these kindnesses long after he climbed out of the inkwell and into a successful career.
19 minutes | 2 years ago
06 Walt Discovers Animation
Join our hosts as they flip through Walt's early beginnings into animation. From early stop motion to hand drawn animation, learn more about how Walt discovered how to bring his drawings to life.
24 minutes | 2 years ago
05 Volunteering: Walt Serves His Country
From forgery to an alleged court-martial, this episode has a broad appeal. Follow our hosts overseas as they dispel the myths—and dig deeper into the true stories—that surround Walt's time as a Red Cross volunteer in France.
26 minutes | 2 years ago
04 Finding Your Passion: Walt's Early Years
Join our hosts as they journey to Marceline, Missouri, where a young Walt discovered some of his greatest passions—drawing and trains—while growing up on his family's farm. We guarantee you'll go hog-wild for this one!
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