It is an excellent day when we have the excuse to use a clip from this film. Because, sure, Harry Potter may have your heart all a-flutter now — but if you’re anything like us, your childhood was dominated by a different kind of magic.

Oh yeah, we’re definitely talking about Disney. And a name with which you might be less familiar is that of John Musker, the animation director behind the epic masterpiece featured above as well as numerous other gems you surely know and love.

Throughout this week, BAM/PFA will be holding a “Behind the Scenes” series in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society to showcase Musker’s work. Check it: read more »

Once upon a time, in a land across the bay, a museum was built to honor Disney’s name.

Our first reaction to a Walt Disney Family Museum being built in the Presidio was, “Why San Francisco?” But in fact, that puts it right at the heart of the animation world, with “Lucasfilm Ltd. to the north and Pixar to the east.”

The museum will open Oct. 1 in read more »