Avery in N.Y. / Sita in L.A.

Two plugs, two cities:

New York, N.Y. TEX AVERY CARTOONS at MoMA.
I think this is in conjunction with the massive must-see Tim Burton exhibit, possibly selected by Burton himself! 35mm prints of Swing Shift Cinderella (1945), Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), Little Rural Riding Hood (1949), The Cat That Hated People (1948), The Three Little Pups (1952), Field and Scream (1953) – all good ones! Saturday, April 24, 2010, 4:00 p.m. in Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2). For more information click here.

Los Angeles, CA SITA SINGS THE BLUES at the Laemmle Music Hall

If you haven’t seen it on the big screen – or even if you have – Nina Paley’s masterpiece comes to LA for a 1-week theatrical engagement starting Friday 4/23. Do not miss it in 35mm, it’s a much cooler experience. And sing along with the Annette Hanshaw soundtrack! The film is playing each day at 5:10pm, 7:20pm and 9:30pm at The Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, California.


  • ben c

    so great that sita’s getting all the recognition it deserves :)

  • Brian

    Love that movie. I saw it the first time it was in LA and fell in love. Might be time to go see the return engagement and bring friends. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville Ariel

    Man, 35mm. prints of Avery ‘toons?? How i’d LOVE to be in NY right now..

    On a side note, I’ve watching the Looney Tunes Golden collection on dvd and am thoroughly impressed with the high quality. You can literally see paint strokes and specks of dust on these!

    That kind of quality transfer of the originals is rare. I hope these Avery toons are shown the same.

  • Scarabim

    I hope Ms. Paley is FINALLY getting the monetary reward she so richly deserves for her little gem of a film.

  • Sophie

    Jerry, how could you forget to mention the special Don Hertzfeldt program screening tonight (April 23) at the San Francisco International Film Festival? Hertzfeldt is receiving the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a rare feat for an animator. Tickets are sold out, but rush status tickets are available if you line up early. The show starts at 7:30.

  • Grayson Ponti

    Why aren’t there any Warners cartoons at the Avery event

  • stumpyuncle

    Because the MGM ones are so much better. Did Tex ever make a cartoon that wasnt great? A not-great Avery cartoon is a very rare occurance.

  • Anonymous

    To those who attended the New York showing, I was the late arrival who came in during “Swing Shift Cinderella”

    This was my first animation reel, and I was under the impression that things would be, while respectable, quite informal.

    For future reference, I was wondering if my behavior was truly inappropriate or disruptive, as I was called out rather harshly for it.

    I apologize if I disturbed the show, I was exasperated due to the rush I was in, and missed any pre-show guidelines that may have been given.

  • Grayson Ponti

    I disagree with the MGM ones being better. Even though he made great cartoons at MGM I actually think his Warners ones are better. Bugs and Daffy came out of his cartoons there for Christ’s sake! I feel his Warners ones are more natural and not as desperate for a gag. Also I love the humor in his Warners cartoons that would later be done more extreme and better by the one and only Bob Clampett!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville Ariel

    Grayson has a point. Avery’s Warner cartoons are less attention-grabbing and more natural. I’ve never heard that argument before, but looking back at Avery’s work, this point does stick out(*to me)

    In regards to Clampett’s cartoons, I’ve always thought that he over-did-it with his agressive style. Granted, his Porky’s and Daffy’s i felt where pretty darn funny. But as a whole, to me, Bob’s ‘toons are a little too much to watch. At least not 5 or 10 in a row. Individually, for sure!

  • http://smomotion.com :: smo ::

    i’m totally bummed i missed this avery screening! i really hope one happens again, i don’t know how i didn’t hear about it until now!!