Saturday, Sunday and Monday in LA: UPA, Silent Disney and Cartoon Dump

Saturday, May 22nd: UPA Tribute and fundraiser – 5:00 to 9:30 pm at Woodbury University’s 250 seat Fletcher Jones Auditorium. A Ragtime Bear cel setup, above, donated by Van Eaton Galleries, to be auctioned.

Program: 5:00 – Reception; 6:00 – Two 40 minute film programs will include classics & rarities, remembered by a panel of UPA veterans, and moderated by Adam Abraham, author of an upcoming UPA history book. Panel will include animator Fred Crippen, Ervin Kaplan – a protégé of Bob McIntosh, Martha Sigall who worked every animation studio, and very first days of UPA, and Joe Siracusa – he created the UPA soundtracks.

Location: Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California. More details on this event can be found at upapix.com.


Sunday, May 23 at 6:30 pm, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will give the concert premiere of Alex Rannie’s original score for Walt Disney’s 1924 “Alice Comedy” Alice’s Wild West Show at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. It will screen along with Buster Keaton’s feature The Cameraman. Rannie sent us these notes about the film:

Alice’s Wild West Show was released on May 1, 1924, as the fourth installment in Walt Disney’s 57-film series of Alice Comedies (1923-1927). Directed and animated by Disney (with additional animation by Rollin “Ham” Hamilton), it stars Virginia Davis as “Alice” and Tommy Hicks as “Tubby O’Brien.”

No original musical material exists for any of Walt Disney’s almost 100 silent movies. This score was commissioned in 1999 for a Disney Channel broadcast of Alice’s Wild West Show as part of a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the October 16, 1923, founding of the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.

For more information on this event click here.


Monday May 24th at 8pm: Cartoon Dump, the unholy alliance of noted author, producer and animation scholar Jerry Beck and writer/ producer/ comedian Frank Conniff (“TV’s Frank” from MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and CINEMATIC TITANIC) is back for another depraved offering of sketches, songs, puppets, stand-up comedy, and the most God-awful Saturday Morning Cartoons from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

This month featuring:
Frank Conniff as Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl
Erica Doering as Compost Brite
J. Elvis Weinstein as Dumpster Diver Dan
Joe Keyes as Officer Pete the Paint Sniffing Patrolman with Sleep Apnea
Sharon Houston as Sharon the Social Worker
Kristin Ariggo as Cue Card Goddess
Dave “Gruber” Allen as Whatever Crazy Character Gruber Decides To Do
and
Jerry Beck as Jerry Beck

Plus, stand-up comedy from
J. Elvis Weinstein
and special guest star
Andy Kindler!

Monday 5/24 at 8pm, Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. • Free Parking! • Advanced Tickets here • Phone: (323) 666-9797 • Map & Directions


  • top cat james

    Speaking of UPA, what happened to the Modern Art of Gene Deitch series? The last one posted was almost a month ago. Is two all we’re getting?