UCLA Archive animation screening: From Inkwell to Desktop

Heads up on another screening I’m involved with next month in L.A.: From Inkwell to Desktop: A Selection of Early Hand Drawn and Digital Animation.

The program will begin at 7:30pm on Friday May 7th at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theatre in Westwood. I will be appearing with Bill Kroyer on a panel discussing how the techniques of creating animation have changed since the earliest days of cinema.

The first half of the show will highlight recent restorations of silent animated shorts (soon to be available online as part of a new website run by the UCLA Archive’s Research and Study Center), while the second half features pioneering digital shorts, such as Peter Foldès Hunger (1974) and John Lasseter’s earliest work at Pixar. The silent cartoons will include 35mm prints of: J. Stuart Blackton’s The Enchanted Drawing (1900); Indoor Sports (1920); Joys and Glooms “Her Minute” (1921) Directed by John C. Terry; Animated Hair Cartoon No. 18 (1925) and others. A complete list of the films being screened is posted here.

This program is part of a larger film series running throughout May at the Wilder Theatre, From Nitrate to Digital: New Technologies and the Art of Cinema. For ticket information and other Archive screenings click here.


  • http://cartoonsonfilm.com Tom Stathes

    Joys and Glooms in 1921, eh? Tom’s olfactory senses some fish

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

    Tom Stathes – Not sure what your comment means. Are you questioning the date of the Joys and Glooms film? Here’s a frame grab from the print UCLA has restored, it has the original titles. It has a 1921 copyright. If you have further data to dispute this, I hope you will share.

  • Kristjan

    “soon to be available online as part of a new website run by the UCLA Archive’s Research and Study Center”

    Jerry will you post about that new site when it is up and running?

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    This sounds like a great program. In the notes for the UCLA program there is this misconception (it’s not Brew’s mistake, but the UCLA site has no way to comment):

    Under the description of John Lasseter’s Andre and Wally B the text says “the first use of computer effects in a motion picture, the “Genesis Sequence” in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).” 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) used motion control computers to create the stargate sequence. Star Wars (1977) used as vector based 3D computer for the death star plans and 1 year earlier Futureworld (1976) used Ed Catmull’s animation which is generally considered the first shaded computer graphics used in a feature motion picture. The Genesis Sequence is probably the coolest effect, but not the milestone that UCLA indicates.

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

    kristjan – Yes I will post a link to the new site when it is open to the public. I’m guessing that will be in a few weeks.

  • Kristjan

    Jerry, Thanks.