Presidents Day in LA: Looney Tunes Marathon

L.A’s The Cinefamily is hosting a three-day celebration of classic Warner Bros. cartoons (co-presented by The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity) on Presidents Day weekend (February 16-18).

The festivities begin on Saturday afternoon (2/16) with a panel discussion on the work of Chuck Jones (speakers to be announced – but I’m moderating), a big screen 35mm showing of the 1973 TV special A Cricket In Times Square, and the following classic Chuck Jones-directed Looney Tunes shorts in 35mm: What’s Opera, Doc?, One Froggy Evening, Duck Amuck, From A to ZZZZ, Bully for Bugs, Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century, Feed The Kitty, Rabbit Seasoning.

Sunday afternoon (2/17), a double feature of collaborations between Chuck Jones and author Norton Juster: the 1970 feature film The Phantom Tollbooth and the 1965 Academy Award winning MGM short The Dot And The Line: A Romance In Lower Mathematics.

Monday (2/18) we go insane. A six-hour Looney Tunes marathon – all on film, mostly 35mm, many in Technicolor… all my favorite Looney Tunes shorts – and more: rarities, odds n’ ends and ephemera. I’m not mentioning titles in advance (you gotta trust me on this), but I promise: no 1960s DePatie-Frelengs. Rare behind the scenes footage, oddball material including (at some point during the marathon) bridging sequences from The Bugs Bunny Show (1960) and Tang commercials. Good stuff. Prizes for those who spend the entire six hours with us. NOTE: This event kicks off with a potluck lunch; things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged — please bring a dish. Impress us!

MONDAY February 18th
POTLUCK LUNCH: noon-1PM
LOONEY TUNES-A-PALOOZA: 1PM-7PM

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  • Yann Aubert

    This is terrific.
    I really wanna see it, but I’m in Switzerland.
    Too bad they don’t do this things in Europa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KSH52GTU7ATNOTCD52RAL3P6XA Jon

    I’d run the bridging sequence from the pilot episode of The Bugs Bunny Show, which includes the Daffy-Speedy finish. Just to show how something that starts off so promising can go so, so wrong just a few years later.

  • Fandom Planet

    I trust you, Jerry!

  • Piotr Wojciechowski

    Darn! When will events like this finally happen somewhere overseas, like for example in Poland?

  • pez

    “Looney Tunes shorts in 35mm: What’s Opera, Doc?, One Froggy
    Evening, Duck Amuck, From A to ZZZZ, Bully for Bugs, Duck Dodgers in
    the 24th 1/2 Century, Feed The Kitty, Rabbit Seasoning.”

    I feel like every looney tunes screening has THESE shorts in them. I would be more interested in going if screenings started showing more unknown LT shorts.

    I mean how many Looney Tunes screening can you go to in a year and have to watch the same 12 cartoons before you just stay home and watch the Dvds or blu-rays

    The McKimson Screening was amazing btw.

    • hupto

      I hate to be negative, but I must agree with Pez. The “basic repertoire,” if you will, tends to get a bit tiring after X number of viewings. More rarities would be nice, especially if, as stated, this is more geek-oriented. And yes, the McKimson program was much appreciated in this corner!

  • pez

    “Monday (2/18) we go insane. A six-hour Looney Tunes marathon – all on film, mostly 35mm, many in Technicolor… all my favorite Looney Tunes shorts – and more: rarities, odds n’ ends and ephemera”

    now this I can’t miss!!!

  • Elana Pritchard

    Oh fun, I’ll go. Finally, an excuse to cook.

  • Robert Fiore

    You and I had an off-the-record run in on this question, but perhaps you can explain to me in public here, why is it that Cinefamily can have a six-hour Looney Tunes marathon, but the Alex Film Society’s Christmas cartoon shows clock in at not quite an hour and a half? Is it just the size of the venue?

    Incidentally, anybody who can sit in a Cinefamily seat for six hours would have to have a keister of cast iron.

    • jerrybeck

      Each venue has its own ideas about screenings. The Alex Film Society aims its programs at families; The Cinefamily aims its shows at film/animation geeks. 70 minutes is what the Alex feels is enough for Mom and Pop; at The Cinefamily we can go crazy…

      Hope you’ll join us (and you are right about the seats. However, I’ve been told new comfortable seats are coming — this summer)

  • E_Marston

    Already have my tickets! Cinefamily Back Card will pay for itself this month in 3 days.

  • Phil Salomon

    I’ll be in town that weekend for Gallifrey One. It’s extremely tempting to extend my stay by one more day for the marathon, but I don’t think I’ll be able to. Alas and alack.

  • JP

    *sigh* Or at least somewhere else in the States.

  • Phil Salomon

    Any reports on how it went or what was shown? If it happens next Presidents’ Day Weekend, maybe I’ll be able to stick around in L.A. for an extra day for this.