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George Pal Centennial

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills has scheduled yet another program of particular interest to Cartoon Brew readers. Joe Dante is hosting George Pal: Discovering the Fantastic, a centennial celebration of the pioneer stop motion animator and fantasy film producer. The program will include the screening of two newly restored Puppetoons, Rhythm In The Ranks (1941) and John Henry and The Inky Poo (1946). Dante will moderate a panel of Pal collaborators, including actors Barbara Eden, Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, puppetoon animator Bob Baker and special effects producer Jim Danforth. The evening concludes with a screening of Pal’s 1953 sci-fi classic The War Of The Worlds.

Tickets are $5.00 ($3. for students). Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information click here.

  • Brian O.

    Can you get all the attendees to sign a petition demanding the Puppetoons be released on DVD? The Puppetoon Movie plus Extras DVD is great but just makes one want more.

  • It’s a major shame that his work is not out on DVD. I had the opportunity to do a quick telephone interview with him after the release of his last film “Doc Savage, Man of Bonze” – also not out on DVD. he came across as a gracious man who was happy to talk with me about his work. I only wish I had more time with him.

  • George Pal is the best. I remember watching puppettoons on television during my earliest years. I think by the beginning of the 1960s they were already all taken off the air. I bought a DVD box set of Puppettoons a couple years ago. The guy who owns their rights appears to be very territorial. He’s shut down at least one fan site. I don’t know what the deal is. I’d love to see more of them. They are brilliant.

  • Jeff “Unca Jeffy” Overturf

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm possible Puppettoon DVD!!!

  • I still haven’t seen that one Jasper cartoon that features a Bugs Bunny cameo…