One of the most popular exhibitions from the Walt Disney Family Museum is on the move! The Walt Disney Studios and World War II is opening at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington this summer.
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The Walt Disney Studios and World War II shares the ways that the Walt Disney Studios contributed to the Allies’ effort during the war through historic artifacts, documents, and artwork. The exhibition was curated by historian Kent Ramsay alongside the museum education team at the Walt Disney Family Museum.
Visitors to the museum will learn about the Walt Disney Studios’ involvement in the war effort from the agreement to the studio lot in Burbank as an Army anti-aircraft base, and how the majority of the studio’s efforts during the war were focused on producing PSAs, print campaigns and more, at Disney’s willing expense.
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Animation projects out of the Walt Disney Studios during World War II had the unique responsibility of boosting morale with the general public and those serving in the war, which resulted in the use of Disney characters in short films that served educational purposes of what people needed to know about current events.
Also featured is information on Walt Disney’s Goodwill Tour to Latin America, among the over 550 artifacts and film clips related to the Walt Disney Studios during World War II.
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The exhibition opened at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in March 2021, and it closed earlier this year in January 2022 to prepare for its move to the Museum of Flight.
Special for its opening the Museum of Flight, an insignia was created by Mike Gabriel that includes Donald Duck in his pilot’s uniform on a B-17 soaring over the Pacific Northwest.
The Walt Disney Studios & World War II opens July 9, 2022, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle Washington, and is included with regular admission to the museum. The exhibition will be on view through February 25, 2023, and complete details are available at MuseumOfFlight.org.