Walt Disney Family Museum - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Walt Disney Museum was amazing, especially the Snow White exhibit. I got to see original concept art, story boards, and the final renders on celluloid acetate on top of the background paintings. It was beautiful and so exciting to see the making of the very first full length animated feature film.Ticket

Seeing the process firsthand of how each of the images were made and then pieced together is quite different than just merely reading about it in my history books. For one thing the visual aspect was astounding in getting to see how beautifully detailed background mattes were painted and then there are the carefully crafted cells that were then placed on top. While cartoons and animation has a slight bias and is generally regulated to something for children, that was not something that Walt even viewed as when he was making Snow White and is additionally a strong reason why people of all ages still enjoy animated movies even though they are not children. One quote from Walt that I really liked was how he said he did not make Snow White for children, as can be seen from the terrifying scene of Snow White running through the forest lost, but is made for the inner child in adults.

The Snow White exhibit was a special additional exhibit to the rest of the museum but totally worth the extra money to go see. For the main exhibit hall, it was about the life and history of Walt Disney. It was pretty interesting to see but my favorite parts were towards the middle when it started showing more of the animation and films that Walt got into and started developing. I got to see the early days with his Silly Symphonies, the creation of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, and a lot of Fantasia. Of course, being the Walt Disney Museum, it is understandable that the museum and the company is Walt's legacy and the exhibit wants to paint him in the best light possible but the section about the union strike was awkward and somewhat discomforting. While the exhibit did attempt to portray both side of the situation there was a strong sense that Walt was betrayed and misunderstood and that the protestors were in the wrong. I didn't particularly care for the section about Walt's contributions to WWII just due to my own personal beliefs. There is no honor and glory in war, there is only death and sorrow of people dying on both sides of the field. The Disneyland exhibit was pretty cool to see with the ideas that Walt constructed and going into fruition. Of course I cried at the end when the exhibit showed Walt's death.

Unfortunately photos weren't allowed so I only have a few images to show. I took the opportunity to take my photo for The Bounce Project with Walt Disney, and on my way out I walked by LucasFilm.

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