Walt Disney Family Museum Presents New ‘The Walt Disney Studios and World War II’ Exhibit

(Image Credit: Cartoon Brew)

The Walt Disney Family Museum has opened a new retrospective entitled ‘The Walt Disney Studios and World War II’ featuring Disney’s Studios contributions to the World War II effort. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war, this exhibit will run until January 22, 2022. 

This special exhibit in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition hall is curated by Kent Ramsey, a World War II historian.

It’s widely known that Walt Disney did a lot for the Allied war effort during the second world war.

Here’s the write-up from the museum:

When Walt Disney received word that the Disney studio lot in Burbank had been requisitioned as an Army anti-aircraft base after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, he and his staff pledged to support the war effort without hesitation—and without profit. This original exhibition illustrates how the The Walt Disney Studios devoted over 90% of its wartime output to producing training, propaganda, entertainment, and public-service films, publicity and print campaigns, and over 1,200 insignia, while also deploying a group of talented artists, including Walt Disney himself, to Latin America on a Goodwill Tour.”

Masquer’s Servicemen’s Morale Corps program card (1943–44) by Hank Porter. Courtesy of Kent Ramsey © Disney

During this unique period in animation history, The Walt Disney Studios functioned as a morale-builder for both the civilian public and deployed Allied troops. Walt knew that cartoons would be an ideal medium for communicating with the American people—in an uncomplicated and amusing manner—about war-related issues and anxieties. In addition to the short films and military insignia produced, Disney characters appeared in a variety of home-front initiatives, from advertisements, magazines, and stamp books, to government posters promoting tax payment, food recycling, rationing, war bond sales, and farm production. The exhibition includes 550 examples of these rare historical objects and film clips.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II will be on display in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall through January 9, 2022. A new insignia designed exclusively for this exhibition by Mike Gabriel features Donald Duck dressed as a pilot holding onto the wings of a Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat while soaring over the Golden Gate Bridge. This boat was commonly seen in the San Francisco Bay during World War II.”

If you are wanting to visit this exhibit it is open on Thu–Sun | 10am–5pm (last gallery entry at 4pm.)  Pricing is $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, and $5 youths. Free timed tickets are required for children 5 and under.  As always active and retired military, their spouses and dependents get in free with valid ID.

The Walt Disney Family Museum continues to honor the military with the free tickets. I think this is one time the phrase “It’s what Walt would have wanted” is actually correct.

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Sources: Disney Family Museum, Cartoon Brew


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