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FRIDAY: MoMA celebrates Sally Cruikshank

I’ve been a fan of the crazy independent cartoons of Sally Cruikshank since Quasi at the Quackardero first burst on the screen back in the 1970s. At a time “underground comics” were at their peak – here came an underground cartoon animator. Evoking the surreal worlds of 1930s Van Beuren and Fleischer rubber hose masterpieces, Cruikshank has carried the torch for depression-era “funny animal” cartoons ever since. I’m delighted that The Museum of Modern Art is hosting a tribute to Cruikshank this Friday featuring newly preserved prints of her cel-animation classics, including 1975’s Quasi (since elected to the National Film Registry in 2009), Make Me Psychic (1978), and Face Like a Frog (1987, featuring an original soundtrack by Oingo Boingo), plus a sampling of her commercial movie credits, Sesame Street spots and several of her own versions of Fleischer’s Screen Songs – using doo-wop music of the 1950s.

Sally Cruikshank will be introducing her films at the screening on Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:15 p.m. (A repeat showing sans Ms. Cruikshank will also occur on Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 4:00pm). This tribute is part of MoMA’s Preservation Festival which includes many restored cartoon shorts interspersed among the many programs. Both the Cruikshank tribute and the Preservation Festival are highly recommended!

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  • “Face Like a Frog” is a masterpiece. Sally Cruikshank wrote a few days ago that she regret how plot less it is, but that is exactly why I think it’s so good. It’s pure animation! There’s always something new to watch for.

    And it’s perfect for Halloween!

  • beamish13

    Dammit, I won’t be in NYC until November! Please tell me you’ll screen her work at the Cinefamily, Jerry.

  • Wish I could be there. Her work is wonderful.

  • Finsta

    Sally is the best!

  • Glowworm

    I loved her Sesame Street stuff. “Above it All” has always been my absolute favorite.

  • TheBandSnapsBack

    Her official YouTube channel is right here >>>>

  • Sally is a great friend, and I wish I could be there! If only it was on Saturday instead, but I’ll never make it into NYC in time on Friday night.

  • Jed Martinez

    I’m surprised that nobody mentioned Sally’s other terrific credits – such as the original animation she’d done for “Twilight Zone: The Movie” and the title sequence to “Ruthless People”. Too bad I don’t live in the NYC area anymore, because I would’ve attended that MoMA screening… in a New York minute!

  • One of my favorite animators! You can buy her DVD for $10 on her website, I highly recommend owning these films!