February is Awards Season, and The Walt Disney Family Museum is celebrating, with film presentations and visitor programs throughout the month.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards® will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, to be televised live on ABC Television. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to several Oscar® winners, including Pixar and Lucasfilm, but there is only one place where you can get an up-close look at more than 20 of the famous statuettes—The Walt Disney Family Museum.
Walt Disney personally won 32 Academy Awards throughout his career. To this day, Walt still holds the record for the most awards won by an individual. (Frequent Oscar host Bob Hope once quipped, “The management has informed me that they’re not responsible for Oscars left over 30 days. After that, they’re automatically turned over to Walt Disney.”)
Screening this month in the Museum’s state-of-the-art digital theatre is a collection of Walt’s award-winning True-Life Adventures films. Produced between 1948 and 1960, these shorts and features won a cumulative 16 Academy Awards, and have inspired naturalist filmmakers and conservationists for decades (see below for a complete program). Among the films being screened in February will be the Best Documentary Feature winners The Vanishing Prairie (1954) and The Living Desert (1953); and the Best Short Subject winners Bear Country (1953), Water Birds (1952), Nature’s Half Acre (1951), Beaver Valley (1950) and Seal Island (1948, the first film in the series). Admission to film presentations is free with paid Museum Admission.
February 1 through 7
Seal Island (27:00)
Beaver Valley (32:00)
Nature’s Half Acre (33:00)
February 8 through 14
Water Birds (30:00)
Vanishing Prairie (71:00)
February 15 through 21 (except the 18th)
Bear Country (33:00)
The Living Desert (69:00)
February 22 through 29 (except the 25th and 26th)
Mysteries of the Deep (24:00)
Secrets of Life (70 :00)
Film programs through February change weekly, with screenings daily at 1:00pm and 4:00pm (except Tuesdays, and February 18, 25 and 26). Further program information and tickets are available at the Reception and Member Service Desk at the Museum, or online by clicking here.