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PR: Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts "Once Upon A Time Walt Disney" Public Programming

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has developed an array of public and family programs to be held in conjunction with Once Upon a Time Walt Disney: The Sources of Inspiration for the Disney Studios, on view at the Museum March 8 РJune 24, 2007. In addition, the Cin̩math̬que qu̩b̩coise marks the exhibition with a program of some thirty short Disney films.

All lectures, films, and family programs at the Museum are free of charge. Passes for all lectures and films are available at the Museum’s Ticket Counter.

Lectures
Inaugural Lecture: Walt Disney au Musée?
Tuesday, March 6; 4:00 p.m.; in French

Bruno Girveau, chief curator of the exhibition and head of collections, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, explores the question of whether it is justifiable to display the work of an artist like Walt Disney in a museum. He demonstrates that the exhibition’s analysis of the sources used by Disney and his collaborators reveals that popular and fine art are not foreign to each other, and that Disney’s cartoons are rooted in Western art from the Middle Ages to Surrealism.

L’illustration du XIXe siècle: aux sources de Disney
Wednesday, March 14; 6:00 p.m.; in French

Art historian Ersy Contogouris, Caricature research group, Université de Montréal, discusses the nineteenth-century artist-illustrators—from J.J. Grandville to Gustave Doré, Walter Crane, and Arthur Rackham—who helped define the visual world of Disney’s earliest feature films.

Mickey in Hollywoodland: Influences and Context
Wednesday, March 28; 6:00 p.m.; in English

Through a brief history of early animation, with clips spanning from 1900 to 1929, Oksana Dykyj, film historian and head, Visual Media Resources, Concordia University, Montreal, traces the Disney Studios’ impact on the art direction and architecture of other films. A key aspect of animation in this period is the emergence of “reflexivity”—or cartoons that dealt with Hollywood.

The Disney Dances: Of Mousetros and Hippos
Wednesday, April 4; 6:00 p.m.; in English

Dance critic and historian Philip Szporer tracks the emergence of dance in Disney’s films, especially such early full-length animated features as Sleeping Beauty and Fantasia, with their references to specific ballets. These imaginative sequences were opportunities to experiment and extend the potential of the medium beyond the formula requirements of gag cartoons.

Film Series at the Museum

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Walt Disney Company has given The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts permission to screen films featured in the exhibition, including several that are “in the vault” and not currently available for public screening or private purchase.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Shown as part of Disney Spring Break at the Museum: see page 4)
Wednesday, March 28; 6:00 p.m.; in English

(U.S., David D. Hand, 1937, 83 minutes)
Thursday, March 8 to Sunday, March 11
11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. French; 1:30 p.m. English

Cinderella
(U.S., David D. Hand, 1950, 74 minutes)
Thursday, March 15; 6:00 p.m. French
Thursday, March 22; 6:00 p.m. English

Fantasia
(U.S., Walt Disney, 1940, 120 minutes)
Friday, March 23; 6:00 p.m. French
Friday, March 30; 6:00 p.m. English
Friday, May 25; 6:00 p.m. French
Friday, June 1; 6:00 p.m. English

Pinocchio
(U.S., Walt Disney and Hamilton Luske, 1940, 88 minutes)
Sunday, March 25; 1:30 p.m. French; 3:30 p.m. English

Alice in Wonderland
(U.S., Walt Disney, 1951, 75 minutes)
Thursday, March 29; 6:00 p.m. French
Thursday, April 19; 6:00 p.m. English
Sunday, May 6; 1:30 p.m. French; 3:30 p.m. English

Peter Pan
(U.S., Walt Disney, 1953, 77 minutes)
Thursday, April 26; 6:00 p.m. French
Thursday, May 3; 6:00 p.m. English
Sunday, May 20; 1:30 p.m. French; 3: 30 p.m. English

Bambi
(U.S., David D. Hand, 1942, 70 minutes)
Sunday, April 29; 1:30 p.m. French; 3:30 p.m. English

Sleeping Beauty
(U.S., Walt Disney, 1959, 75 minutes)
Thursday, May 10; 6:00 p.m. French
Thursday, May 17; 6:00 p.m. English
Sunday, June 3; 1:30 p.m. French; 3: 30 p.m. English

101 Dalmations
(U.S., Walt Disney, 1961, 79 minutes)
Thursday, May 24; 6:00 p.m. French
Thursday, May 31; 6:00 p.m. English
Sunday, June 10; 1:30 p.m. French; 3: 30 p.m. English

The Jungle Book
(U.S., Walt Disney, 1967, 78 minutes)
Thursday, June 7; 6:00 p.m. French
Thursday, June 14; 6:00 p.m. English
Sunday, June 17; 1:30 p.m. French; 3: 30 p.m. English

Films at the Cinémathèque québécoise

Walt Disney á la Cinémathèque québécoise: Les Années Cartoon (1923-37)
Monday, March 5 through April 2007

On the occasion of the exhibition Once Upon a Time Walt Disney, the Cinémathèque québécoise highlights the fertile period leading up to the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, when the Disney studios developed its style and signature by producing more than 200 animated films, many of which are rarely seen today. The program will comprise some thirty short films from the Disney archives, including silent films presented with piano accompaniment by Gabriel Thibaudeau.

Complete program information is available at www.cinematheque.qc.ca.

Admission for the Cinémathèque program: $7 adults; $6 students; $4 ages 6-15; under 5 (accompanied by an adult) free. Tickets are available at the Cinémathèque québécoise box office, 335 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East, 514-842-9763.

Family Programs

Disney Spring Break at the Museum
March 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2007
An opportunity for families to share artistic activities and a film. Free admission.

Disney’s Magic Workshop
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Drop in and make a pin depicting a magician, elf, or dragon to wear on your shirt (bilingual).

The Enigma of Walt Disney
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A fun gallery game in the company of Disney animals who reveal the secrets of their world step-by-step (bilingual).

Disney Film
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
11:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. French
1:30 p.m. English

The Museum gratefully acknowledges René Malo and Marie Gagnon for their generous support of its Cultural Activities.

The MMFA’s Esso Family Programmes are made possible through the financial support of Imperial Oil Foundation, which has been funding free family-oriented activities at the Museum since 1984.

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