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Tuesday: Cartoon Dump / Friday: Fleischer Double Feature

Once again, a plug for my monthly comedy-and-cartoons craptacular: Cartoon Dump! MST3K’s Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank) and J. Elvis Weinstein (Dr. Erhardt & the original Tom Servo), Erica Doering and special guest star comedian/trickster Michael Rayner join me at the Steve Allen Theatre Tuesday September 22nd at 8pm. Comedy! Songs! Puppets! Magic! And God-awful cartoons from the wasteland of 50s and 60s Saturday morning television! Advanced tickets click here.

And on Friday September 25th, it’s Fleischer-palooza on Hollywood Boulevard! I’ll be introducing a double feature Max Fleischer’s two great animated features, Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and Mr. Bug Goes To Town (1941) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Both will be presented in 35mm, with uncut IB Technicolor prints projected on the large screen, just as they were meant to be seen. And psssst! Surprise short subjects will be shown! More info here.

  • Thad

    So will it actually have the Mr. Bug Goes to Town title? The beautiful 35mm I saw at Cornell earlier this year was an NTA print (with the Paramount closing).

  • Erin Siegel

    I’m so there! Last time was oodles of fun. I’ll try convincing more people to come with me.

  • steve w.

    Will Mr. Bug be shown first, before Gulliver? (I sort of like that idea, because it gives Hoppity top billing, which I think he deserves.)

  • droosan

    I will definitely be there..! ^_^

  • Robert Barker

    Recently I’ve felt that Hoppity is growing in stature while Gulliver is receding. It will be interesting to compare the two, watching what I hope will be great looking prints.

  • steve w.

    Okay, how did the screening go? Somebody who was there, please comment! What was the audience reaction to Mr. Bug?

  • Tom Ruegger


    I went to the screening. Plenty of animators and animation fans were on hand.

    The audience was a friendly one, no doubt in attendance due to their appreciation and fondness for the films being shown.

    Others might feel differently, but as much as I wanted to see MR. BUG on the big screen, the print of HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN
    was not worthy of screening. It was very choppy, with lots of bits of dialog lost or cut in mid-sentence. Songs really suffer when chunks of footage are cut out in the middle, and that happened with this print. Entire sequence were missing, including one of the best ones in the film, when Hoppity tries to save the burning honey shack, and he races out into traffic to retrieve water, and then gasoline and a car become involved, but ultimately Honey’s home is saved. Anyway, most of that sequence was not to be found.

    Also screened were Gulliver, Popeye meets Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and two Dave Hand Animal cartoons. Didn’t stay for Gulliver so cannot comment on the print quality. The Popeye cartoon seemed slightly restored, so that was a bonus. The Dave Hand cartoons seemed inappropriate for the evening, since it was a Fleisher tribute.

    My two cents.


  • Tom Rugger, the senior producer whose name I reconize on the end credits of “Animaniacs”? (And don’t forget “Tiny Toon Adventures” for Tiny Toons fans)

    Well, that was perfectly good advice for MR. BUG yearners (epsecially those begging Paramount head Brad Grey and the unreleated Lionsgate execs to put it on DVD and Blu-ray). I was dissapointed when I didn’t see the original Paramount titles on the ’31 Fleischer SCREEN SONG
    “Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean”, even though the cartoon was great itself on the big screen.

    But to hear that a sequence in an animated feature that was so big in the plot was cut by a splice, plus adding non-Paramount, non-Fleischer shorts make me think twice before PROBABLY EVER attending a classic film/cartoon screening.

    And if you, Jerry Beck, ever manipulate me into attending a screening of that particular sing-along gag anthology that was released shortly after Christmas of the year WWII ended, do not do it unless you say it’s a 35mm IB Technicolor print with the iconic star-crested majestic mountain opening and closing the cartoon.