The Greatest Cartoons EVER!

For the past 10 years, animator/educator Frank Gladstone has presided over a very successful big-screen Three Stooges Festival each Thanksgiving weekend at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Expanding on the idea of big-screen movie events, Gladstone and the Alex Film Society have decided to start an annual “Cartoon Hall of Fame” to screen each year, the day after Christmas.

I was asked to be a member of the selection committee, and I’m proud to say the inaugural presentation is shaping up to be a real event. The Greatest Cartoons Ever! on Sunday, December 26th, will screen studio vault prints of eight animated classics: The Rabbit of Seville (Bugs & Elmer), The Band Concert (Mickey Mouse), One Froggy Evening (Michigan J. Frog), Snow White (Betty Boop), Three Little Pigs, Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a half Century, Mechanical Monsters (Fleischer’s Superman) and a brand new restored print of Popeye The Sailor Meets Sindbad The Sailor – all projected as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen in 35mm.

It’s going to be a real celebration of classic cartoons. On-line tickets are available now for two shows, at 2pm and 7pm, and will also be available at the door – at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Blvd. in Glendale. If you happen to be in Southern California for the holidays, join us!


  • http://daryl-rhystaylor.blogspot.com DarylT

    Sounds Awesome.

  • http://mrscriblam.tumblr.com/ mrscriblam

    i really wish i was in california now just to see popeye vs. sindbad

  • Frank Ziegler

    I’m officially jealous now. What a line up!

  • AJ

    Thats nice and all Jerry but how about next time showing “Rarer” cartoons y’know ones that have not been released a hundered times but are good like say “porky’s pig feat” and so on. just a suggestion.

    • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

      AJ – Sorry to disappoint you. But when was the last time YOU saw a 35mm print in a theater of POPEYE MEETS SINDBAD, MECHANICAL MONSTERS or the Fleischer’s SNOW WHITE? The point of this program isn’t titles we are showing, it’s the presentation of classic cartoons on the big screen in the format they were created for. That in itself is VERY rare.

      In the meantime, I show “rarer” cartoons all year long at my ANIMATION TUESDAY events at the Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood, at my WORST CARTOONS EVER program at the San Diego Comic Con, and in my efforts to bring awareness to more obscure titles on DVD and here on Cartoon Brew.

      • AJ

        Hey Jerry, sorry that comment was a bit on the rude side upon revision. Its just that to me seeing things on the big screen doesn’t make a whole lot of differance and seeing “rabbit of Seville” “duck dodgers” and so on in the line-up sort of over shadowed betty boop’s snow white.O.k it’s apparent that there are people who would love to see the shorts in the cinema even if it’s been shown on t.v or released on video many times, it is a taste thing.

        Yes, but not everyone can make it to hollywood (thus making this conversation some-what pointless to begain with). I was not aware of your Tuesday event it’s just that the majority of your recent posts here which is what I see, seem to be about the best cartoons or artistic animations and it seems like you were ignoring the less famous but still entertaining cartoons of the past.

        I geuss my comment was myred in ignorance and false expectations.

  • precode

    I suggested they call it “Greatest. Cartoons. Ever.” Frank liked it–but without the periods. I told him that this is what made the title funny and appropriate, but he demurred. Probably the longest argument I’ve ever had over punctuation!

  • KkJ

    I just bought my tickets! WOO!