As previously noted, this Sunday night yours-truly, Jerry Beck, spends the whole evening co-hosting an entire block of classic animated films on TCM (Turner Classic Movies). The line up is as follows:
•Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels (1939) at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific
•Max Fleischer’s Mr. Bug Goes To Town (1941) at 9:30pm Eastern/6:30pm Pacific
•UPA’s Jolly Frolics at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific
•New York Studio Silent Era Animation from the collection of Tom Stathes at 12 midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific
•Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed at 1am Eastern/11pm Pacific
We taped the nine intros in advance, shooting about six minutes of discussion per, which was then carefully edited down to 3 or 3-1/2 minutes for each segment. Sometimes the editing is very smooth, sometimes it creates awkward jumps in my narrative… but what’s important is our opportunity to screen and discuss these films in prime time. I, for one, want to see this happen again (and again, and again). Feel free to let TCM know that you support the idea of regular classic animation evenings! The best way is to post on their forums.
For now, here’s one of the edited segments – this is one (of two) introducing several UPA cartoons.