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Jerry Beck Animation Program

Animation Historian (and long time Cinecon regular) Jerry Beck hosts this collection of newly restored 35mm prints (courtesy of Asifa Hollywood, Paramount Pictures and The UCLA Film and Television Archives). Find out more about these cartoons and all things animation by visiting Jerry's informative websites Cartoon Research and Animation Scoop.

This program will be in the Spielberg Theater (which is located inside the lobby of the Egyptian) on Saturday at 5:00. Here is a list of the films he will be screening:

KOKO’S EARTH CONTROL (1928) Directed by Dave Fleischer
A combination live action and animation classic with Max Fleischer’s silent era star Koko The Clown, who, in this film, finds a lever which could destroy the world – and he does!

CIRCUS TIME (1931) Directed by Dick Huemer
An entry in the rarely seen RKO cartoon series starring Toby The Pup! Creator Huemer was a East Coast Fleischer animator who moved to Hollywood and found greater success creating Scrappy for Columbia and later writing stories (Dumbo, for one) at Disney.

This is a rare promotional film featuring child actress Edith Fellows demonstrating the free giveaway provided by the participating theatre – a merchandising tie-in with Columbia’s Scrappy cartoons and Pillsbury’s Farina.

DINAH (1933) Dave Fleischer
A classic Max Fleischer ‘Screen Song’ short featuring background music performed by – and a live action appearance from – the Mills Brothers. The cartoon segment concerns the zany antics of an animated steam ship and its cock-eyed crew… then follow the bouncing ball and sing along!

THE RAVEN (1940) ) Dave Fleischer
A rarely seen Fleischer Studios parody of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven, a Technicolor two-reeler created during the same time the studio was producing its feature Gulliver’s Travels. The Raven in this film, voiced by Pinto Colvig, is a fast-talking vacuum cleaner salesman who teams with a fox to rob a scottie dog… the story makes little sense, but this new restoration is a revelation.

A Max Fleischer mini-musical featurette based on Johnny Gruelle’s classic children’s book characters. Five different songs are crammed into this 17-minute Technicolor epic, newly restored by UCLA. Raggedy Ann has her candy heart broken when she sees Andy making eyes with a cute Senorita doll. Lavish backgrounds and full animation, the kind they just don’t do anymore.




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