Lost Disney “Laugh-O-Grams” in San Francisco July 16th

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the largest silent film festival in the country, will be holding their 16th Annual Festival this July 14-17 at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. This year, the SFSFF in coordination with the Walt Disney Family Museum and Pixar, will be presenting Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Grams on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00am. Disney historians Leonard Maltin and JB Kaufman will introduce a selection of rare Laugh-O-Gram shorts from 1921—23, which have been recently preserved by The Museum of Modern Art.

Several of these shorts were thought lost for many years, and thanks to animation archaeologists David Gerstein and Cole Johnson, The Museum of Modern Art restored several lost Laugh-O-Grams cartoons (Goldie Locks and The Three Bears, Jack The Giant Killer) they had long held in their archives, previously misidentified under alternate titles. In addition to the two new discoveries, newly preserved and restored prints of Little Red Riding Hood, Puss In Boots and The Four Musicians Of Bremen will be screened. Donald Sosin will provide musical accompaniment.

For more background information on the discovery of these incredible finds, check David Gerstein’s blog; for tickets and additional info on the San Francisco screening, go to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival website. Disney fans – this is a must-see!


  • paolo

    A laugh-o-gram program was shown also in the Annecy Festival, presented by Leslie Iwerks, Ub’s grand daughter:
    http://www.annecy.org/edition-2011/festival/programmation:201149
    It was shown in the petite Salle (small theatre) of the centre Bonlieu (the main festival centre), which was full: I had to wait for a place to get free in order to enter

  • Pablo

    Now we need a good complete restored collection on DVD (and Blu-ray?)!

    • Matthew K Sharp

      That would be very good – particularly for those of us who find ourselves unavoidably on the other side of the world from these screenings.

  • http://www.damianosketchblog.com DamianoD

    I’d be extremely interested in seeing these, even though their quality seems to be less-than-stella.

    • paolo

      Well, indeed they look quite rough, sure not at the same level of the contemporary Out of the Inkwells or Felixes. But they are a great historical find, anyway.