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TUESDAY NIGHT in LA: “Cartoon Monster Mash!”

This month my Animation Tuesdays screening at the Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theater is our third annual Halloween Spooktacular show. (Jeez, have I been doing these for three years already?) This year we have a double-bill, a “Cartoon Monster Mash”, if you will. First up, our pals Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero from Screen Novelties are presenting a selection of classic horror-toons that have inspired their marvelous stop motion monstrosities. I will be supplementing the show with a few hideous new finds of my own.

Then, in the second half of the program, we’ll the screening of a 35mm studio print of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad in 35mm (Thanks, Disney). Released exactly 61 years ago (on Oct. 5th 1949), Toad and Sleepy Hollow are two of my favorite Disney short films and, for me, mark a bittersweet end of an era. And of course, its a perfect way to usher in the Halloween season. Trick or treat? Check out the trailer below and you decide. Hope to see you there at 8pm.

  • Ryan

    Nice trailer!
    Unfortunately, I’m about 16,000 miles away from LA right now, so won’t be attending. Would anyone mind informing me of the name of every piece used in that trailer? I recognized Mad Monster Party, Lonesome Ghosts, Mysterious Mose and Ichabod & Mr. Toad, the rest LOOKED familiar, but I can’t name them…

  • Was my face red

    Would LOVE to come to this.. if there wasn’t an Ocean in the way.

  • While it’d be fun to show “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” in 35mm (let’s hope the studio picks out the RKO version as opposed to the Buena Vista reiussue),

    the shorts would be great if you shownn a 35mm studio/UCLA print of George Pal’s greatest un-PC Halloween cartoon, “Jasper and the Haunted House”, without that splice towards the end title during the billboard zoom-out the end of every U.M.&M. print or a similar splice during the zoom-out of the billboard in the as-is original print used in the Puppetoon Movie DVD.

  • FleischerFan

    As always, envious of those on the West Coast who can attend this. I agree with Jerry that “Ichabod & Mr. Toad” is the best of the Disney compilation features and am glad that Disney home video finally released that feature intact rather than issuing the two stories separately,

  • Zach Bellissimo

    I wish I could attend this so bad!
    Also what is the music thats being played in this trailer?

  • Dugg

    In regards to Ichabod: Even as a little kid, that story really pissed me off. A well-liked thug and a mild mannered intellectual weakling vie for the hand of the shallow town hottie. Although the underdog bests the bully at almost every turn, he turns yellow after the bully’s suddenly brilliant intimidation tactic. Epilogue, Bully gets the girl, and Ichabod settles happily for mediocrity. Moral: know your place, nerd.

    • Peter H


      You are right, of course.

      But Washington Irving was a master of irony. He expected his readers to enjoy the satire, not to take his story at face value. Ichabod sees himself as a big fish in a small pond and takes full advantage of his assumed ‘superiority’. But actually he is just a fish out of water: he doesn’t belong. Brom exploits Ichabod’s weakness and sends him packing back to where he comes from. A cynical tale – the moral is not so much “know your place” as “beware of assuming that people who don’t share your cultural values are stupid”!

  • Neil

    Things like this screening makes me wish i lived in LA