Thunderbean Thursday is once again delayed this week so we can tell you about a wonderful cartoon event you won’t want to miss. On Saturday October 2nd at 8pm EST (5pm PST) TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will hold a four hour spotlight on classic animation.The evening will divided into three sections: at 8pm/5pm – CARTOON CARNIVAL, a brand new documentary centered around the meticulous silent animation restoration work of our very own Tommy Jose Stathes (and featuring commentary from many of our favorite animation historians and Cartoon Research contributors). More information on this documentary below – but do not miss it!
That will be followed at 9:45pm/6:45pm by The 100th Anniversary of Fleischer Animation – Part 1: The Silent Era. Tommy Stathes curated this block – which contains the world premiere of several brand new Stathes restorations and rarities.
Block 1 – Silent
The Boxing Kangaroo (Bray, 1920)
Cartoon Factory (1924)
Come Take a Trip in My Airship (1924) one of the actual, original Koko Song Cartunes, with 1930s reissue soundtrack
It’s the Cat’s (1926)
At 10:45pm/7:45pm, TCM will present the 100th Anniversary of Fleischer Animation – Part 2: The Sound Era curated by Tommy and Steve Stanchfield – and features several new Stanchfield/Stathes restorations – and from a curatorial point of view is a perfect selection of Fleischer animated mayhem.
Block 2 – Sound
Hurry Doctor! (1931) – the rarely seen Texaco sponsored film
Betty Boop’s Crazy Inventions (1933)
Let’s Sing With Popeye (1934)
Betty Boop and Grampy (1935)
Dancing On the Moon (1935)
Popeye Meets Sindbad (1936)
Let’s back up and talk about the opening documentary.
Cartoon Carnival is a feature-length documentary that looks at the birth of animated film, and the often forgotten story of the pioneers of the silent era. To quote the film’s press release: “To many, the history of the animated cartoon begins with the story of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, but in reality the story begins as soon as man first dreamed of somehow capturing the moving image. Hand in hand with live action cinema pioneers, early animation artists pushed the boundaries of what was technically and artistically possible in an exciting new medium – and also created an industry when they discovered what would sell to hungry audiences! The 1910s and 1920s were a boom time for animation, with young and passionate filmmakers keen to make their name in the field and discover the next great technical innovation. This period yielded characters like Bobby Bumps, Farmer Alfalfa, Felix the Cat, KoKo the Clown and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – who were as beloved in their day as later superstar characters, such as the Disney superstars, were in theirs.
“With the coming of sound films, the vast majority of silent animation faded into obscurity and many key shorts are now thought to have been lost. Cartoon Carnival makes the case for the rediscovery and exhibition of these rare and valuable films as told through the eyes of animation collector and historian Tommy José Stathes. Armed with a passion for cartoons, Tommy took an unlikely route to becoming an archivist via yard sales and house clearances and became the curator of possibly the world’s largest collection of silent animation on film. Keen to share his passion with as many people as possible, he strives to present classic animation, as it should be seen – with an audience and on the big screen.”
“The story of the incredible artists behind these wildly popular films is told not only through interviews with animation experts like historian Jerry Beck, Aardman Animatons co-founder Peter Lord and Academy Award winners Kevin Brownlow and John Canemaker, but also through newly created silent animations, practical demonstrations from legendary animator Howard Beckerman, and archival interview clips with the pioneers themselves”
Here’s the trailer:
So mark your calendar – Saturday night October 2nd on TCM. Don’t miss it!!