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NEXT MONDAY IN NYC: Avery and Maltese Tribute

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I was bummed that I missed the centennial tribute to Tex Avery and Michael Maltese that was presented in LA last March, but I just learned that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is repeating the program in NYC next Monday, May 5. Even better, John Canemaker, who wrote Tex Avery: The MGM Years, is hosting the East Coast event. Cartoons on the schedule include A Wild Hare, You Ought To Be in Pictures, Little Rural Riding Hood, For Scent-imental Reasons, What’s Opera, Doc?, and The Legend of Rockabye Point.

General admission is $5, and students pay $3. In other words, there’s no reason to miss out seeing these amazing theatrical shorts on the bigscreen. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Remaining tickets may be purchased in person the night of the event. The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street. For additional details, see the Academy website.

  • thanks amid, looks like a treat.

  • Keith Paynter

    I am so living in the wrong geographical location. A fantastic program! Anybody willing to take on a Canadian, eh?

  • I’m definitely gonna try & make it to this event. It always feels like I’m missing out with all these great events happenening on the West Coast, but this time the ball’s in my court!

  • Lisa

    If you go, I would love to hear about it. Michael Maltese was my grandfather. We went to the one In Los Angeles. What a treat for my whole family (his daughter, granddaugher and great granddaughter). Can’t wait to hear how this one is. Thanks for blogging about it. Lisa

  • Allthough I’m also living in the wayy wrong geographical location we’ve been treated quite recently with some animation goodness. Firstly there were several screenings of Tex Avery’s work in the National Audiovisual Archive of Finland. It was great to finally see Dumb-Hounded from the silver screen (ok, the print wasn’t from yesterday).

    Secondly, it was a wish come true when they eventually held the Pixar exhibition here too with some Wall-E material included as well. When I read about the exhibition held at MoMa couple of years ago, I didn’t hold my breath that we’d see it here.

  • To see “What’s Opera, Doc?” on a big screen alone is worth the price of admission!

  • Destin

    The one in LA was great! I’m glad New Yorkers have a chance to catch it too. Seeing those cartoons on the big screen with an audience who both respected them and LAUGHED at them was a real treat. I didn’t know quite what to expect going in, but 12 full cartoons, audio interview snippets, and a panel discussion afterwards made for quite a special evening.

    The only two slight disappointments were What’s Opera, Doc seeming slightly smaller and lower-quality than the others, like it was sourced from a DVD instead of film–and the panel discussion, which while often interesting, moved slowly and was dominated by Stan Freberg telling the same stories he’s told multiple times already on the Golden Collection DVDs. Yes, we know Pete Puma was popular and Mel Blanc was the only voice actor who got screen credit. The question was, “What do you remember about working with Mike Maltese and Tex Avery?”