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Jerry’s Labor Day Weekend

There’s a holiday weekend coming up – and as usual, I’ll be spending most of it in a darkened theatre – starting tonight!

I’ll start the long weekend by showing vintage 16mm musical films and cartoons to open the Janet Klein show tonight at the Steve Allen Theatre. Tonight’s show is a party to celebrate her new album, Whoopee Hey! Hey!. It’s gonna be good. It starts at 8pm. Tickets: here.

Beginning Friday I’ll spend four days watching 35mm prints of old movies, shorts, cartoons and trailers at the Egyptian Theatre, the home of the annual Cinecon. On Friday afternoon, at 2:30pm in a ballroom adjacent to the dealers rooms in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on Highland, I’ll take a break to sign my new book, The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes and show a few 16mm prints.

When the weekend is over, on Tuesday September 7th, I’ll be hosting my usual first-Tuesday-of-the-month animation screening at the CineFamily (at the Silent Movie Theatre). This month I’ll be running a marathon of Crazy Cartoon Commercials. Join me as we run two hours of vintage 1950s and 60s animated commercials (in 16mm and 35mm), featuring rare early TV spots featuring Charlie Brown, Bugs Bunny, Casper and Woody Woodpecker, in ads created by the likes of Tex Avery, Stan Freberg, Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones. The show starts at 8pm. Advance tickets available here. I’ll be showing stuff like this:

  • I once asked Bill Hanna about this “Winstones” commercial. All he would say about it was “We all make mistakes.” I didn’t know it at the time, but, as a onetime cigarette smoker, he’d once suffered from throat cancer…

  • In the nineties we animated commercials for Skol Beer using Hagar The Horrible, they ended banning them in the UK because they may have incited children to drink alcohol. If you run the Winston and the Skol together it could be a winning combination!