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FRIDAY IN LA: Robert McKimson Tribute with Darrell Van Citters and John K.

Call it “McKimson-palooza!” Next Friday December 7th, in Santa Monica, California, in celebration of the critically acclaimed book, I Say, I Say….Son! A Tribute to Legendary Animators Bob, Chuck, and Tom McKimson, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre is presenting a tribute the McKimson’s landmark Warner Bros. animation.

The lineup includes these classic cartoons in 35mm: Hillbilly Hare, Devil May Hare, Rabbit’s Kin, Hot Cross Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Bedevilled Rabbit, Bill of Hare, Tabasco Road, The High and the Flighty, Falling Hare and Walky Talky Hawky.

Robert McKimson Jr., John Kricfalusi (Spumco) and Darrell Van Citters (Renegade Animation) will sign copies of the book I Say, I Say….Son! at 6:00PM in the Aero theatre lobby. There will be a discussion following the screening with Kricfalusi, Van Citters and McKimson Jr. moderated by yours truly, Jerry Beck.

Where: Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
(310) 260-1528

When: Friday, December 7th, at 7:30 p.m. (booksigning begins at 6:00 p.m.)

  • Marvin

    It’s about time, Bob McKimson is starting to get the recognition he truly deserves. His Bugs and Daffy cartoons are so screwy and underrated.

  • Jim Engel

    Wish i could go! (And WARNER BROS. most neglected director is ART DAVIS)…

  • Lest any erstwhile fans scratch their heads at the inclusion of the Clampett-directed FALLING HARE among McKimson-directed cartoons, this was one of the key films that defined the design and animation of Bugs Bunny, with a significant amount of footage animated by both Robert and Tom McKimson. It (and A WILD HARE) should be given a slot in any retrospective of Mssrs. McK.!

  • Jim Roebuck

    I agree, many of McKimson’s early cartoons are outstanding – and “screwy.” (And so are Arthur Davis’s Warners cartoons!) One of the Five Funniest Cartoons I’ve Ever Seen is “Hillbilly Hare.” (In case anyone’s interested, the others are “Screwball Squirrel,” “Duck Amuck,” “Robin Hood Daffy,” and the much later “For the Birds.” So you see, I don’t know too much aside from the old Warners “classics”…

  • I was very fortunate to meet him in California, end he asked me if I wanted to be in his film ,”Rhapsody Rabbit.” He wanted me to do the voice of one of the cartons. At that time he told me that he told me that he didn’t feel too well. A few months later I found out that he had passed away.