It’s almost Christmas, and there’s no better way to celebrate it Stathes-style than with a 16mm Cartoon Carnival event. I have to say, the annual Christmas show in my series is often my favorite one out of the year…even though I wind up recycling some films from year to year!
So, that’s exactly what our NYC crowd will be doing on Saturday, December 20th at 7:30pm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The lovely Standard Toykraft is hosting Cartoon Carnival #30: Christmas Frolics for animation enthusiasts and unsuspecting, unusual event lovers alike.
This time we’ll also feature a favorite bonus of late: a Race Night Comedy, supplied by comedy film historian Nelson Hughes. For those of you who don’t know, the Race Night Comedies were produced in the early 1930s and were contest films shown by theaters. Guests were each given a ticket with a number, only one of which corresponded with one race winner at the end of the film. The wonderful thing about them is that the films feature silent-era comedians like Max Davidson and Snub Pollard. These films were practically forgotten until recently and are always a riot with the audience. Some lucky Carnival attendee will win a couple fun prizes at no extra charge.
Many of you simply won’t be able to attend for purely geographical reasons, which is sad, but at least we can discuss some of our favorite ancient Christmas cartoons here. What are some of yours from the 1940s and earlier? A few of my mainstream favorites are:
1. Pals (aka Christmas Night) with The Little King
2. The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives
3. Ginger Nutt’s Christmas Circus
4. Santa’s Surprise with Little Audrey
5. The Merry Dog with Pooch the Pup
Note: A couple of these usually wind up in the Christmas Carnival, since they are essentials, but I tend to show far more obscure films from the 20s to 30s as well. Here’s a look at my Walter Lantz favorite:
Hope some of you NYC locals can make it to the show. Otherwise, stay tuned for another special Cartoons On Film post here next week!