“Animating The Subconscious” at LACMA

I will be presenting a fantastic set of surreal cartoons at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next Friday night. My show, Animating the Subconscious, is part of a series of film programs at the museum, under the umbrella title of The Surreal Screen, all of which prelude an upcoming exhibition there, Drawing Surrealism. My cartoon show will present 35mm vault prints of ten classic cartoons that explore “imagination’s more outlandish perimeters”. The full list is below, but highlights include Disney/Dali’s Destino, Fleischer Studios’ Betty Boop Snow White and Screen Gems cult favorite Willoughby’s Magic Hat (I can’t wait to see that in 35mm on the big screen). Join me on Friday October 19th at 7:30pm, at LACMA on Wilshire for a bunch of great cartoons that will blow your mind. For more information and tickets, click here.

FANTASMAGORIE
1908/b&w/1 min. | 35mm supplied by Academy Film Archive

BIMBO’S INITIATION
1931/b&w/6 min. | Fleischer Studios | 35mm supplied by UCLA Film and Television Archive

SNOW WHITE
1933/b&w/7 min. | Fleischer Studios | 35mm supplied by UCLA Film and Television Archive

LULLABY LAND
1933/color /7 min. | Silly Symphonies (Walt Disney Pictures) | 35mm supplied by Buena Vista

PORKY IN WACKYLAND
1938/b&w/7 min. | Looney Tunes | 35mm supplied by Warner Bros.

WILLOUGHBY’S MAGIC HAT
1943/b&w/7 min. | Phantasies (Columbia Pictures) | 35mm supplied by Sony Repertory

IMAGINATION
1943/color/7 min. | Color Rhapsodies (Columbia Pictures) | 35mm supplied by Sony Repertory

THE OLD GREY HARE
1944/color/8 min. | Looney Tunes | 35mm supplied by British Film Institute

DUCK AMUCK
1953/color/7 min. | Looney Tunes | 35mm supplied by Warner Bros.

DESTINO
2003/color/7 min. | Walt Disney Pictures | 35mm supplied by Buena Vista


  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Nice to see the Betty Boop “Snow White” on the list, though perhaps the most outlandish thing about it was the successful placement of Cab Calloway singing the “St. James Infirmary Blues” on the soundtrack.

    • http://stanleystories.blogspot.com Frank Young

      Huh? There are more nightmare/surreal images crammed into that one-reel cartoon than in all of Hollywood’s output of the 1930s. Have you actually seen this cartoon, sir?

  • http://www.elanapritchard.com Elana Pritchard

    Oh, looks cool. I will try to make it.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    If you do a second ‘Animating The Subconcious’ Jerry,please include the Fleischer cartoons ‘Minnie the Moocher’,'Swing You Sinners,’ and ‘Mysterious Mose.’