As many of you know, my favorite Disney movie of all time is The Jungle Book. In fact, I even named my black cat Bagheera... who even had a bit of that Baggsy personality!
One of my favorite places to go is the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. They recently announced a brand new special exhibit called Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece.
According to the WDFM website:
The exhibition will explore the creative complexities behind the making of The Jungle Book (1967), including the unique personalities of each character and their voice actor counterparts, the rich artwork and use of cutting-edge animation techniques, the memorable soundtrack of original songs by the Sherman Brothers and Terry Gilkyson, the impact of Walt’s passing during production, and the film’s enduring popularity and influence decades after its initial release.
As someone who's been going to the WDFM since they first opened, I can assure you that this exhibit will be everything and more to all of The Jungle Book fans, like myself.
At Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, this is what you can expect to see:
Over 300 rare artworks and ephemera will be on view throughout this immersive special exhibition, including original animation drawings and cels on loan from animation enthusiast and collector Mike Glad, retired Disney Creative Director and animator David Pacheco, and Deja’s own collection. An array of maquettes, model sheets, pencil tests, story sketches, concept art, behind-the-scenes photos and documents, American and international movie posters, and merchandise will also be on display, as well as archival film clips and interviews.
To enhance their experience, younger visitors and the young-at-heart will also be invited to immerse themselves further in the exhibition through in-gallery interactive elements and engaging wildlife and film-themed activities.
Running concurrently with this exhibition, The Walt Disney Family Museum is also honored to present its first Cause Awareness exhibition, Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals. In partnership with five wildlife sanctuaries located around the world, this exhibition features abstract and pawprint creations by rescued and rehabilitated animals, including panthers, tigers, vultures, chimps, and bears, complemented by watercolor wildlife paintings by Andreas Deja. All artworks will be available to purchase through the museum’s website, with proceeds supporting the wildlife sanctuaries and their important work. Creative Conservation will open to the public on Friday, April 22 in the museum’s Lower Lobby and Theater Gallery, and is free to view for all museum ticketholders.
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece will be on display in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall from Thursday, June 23, 2022 through Sunday, January 8, 2023.
I cannot wait for this exhibit... and I can guarantee that I'll be humming The Bare Necessities throughout our time at the museum!
And now, for the sneak peek...
In preparation for the opening of our latest special exhibition, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece, Preparator Maureen Shields is creating mounts to display two books. The style of these mounts are cleated board mounts with shelves that are made from archival or rag matboard.
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece opens in the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall on June 23, 2022. 🎟️ Tickets are now available! waltdisney.org/jungle-book