Every two years the UCLA Film and Television Archives opens it’s vaults and presents it’s latest restorations to the public in a gala program called “The Festival Of Preservation”. The 12th edition of this incredible film series runs from July 22nd through August 21st, mainly at the James Bridges theatre in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA Campus.Relevant to us, however, is the bounty of restored animation showcased during the festival. Opening night (7/22) “Paths Of Glory”will preceeded by a restored version of George Pal’s anti-war Puppetoon TULIPS SHALL GROW (1942). On the following Sunday night (7/25) a restoration of the Max Fleischer Color Classic A CARTUNE PORTRAIT (1937) will screen preceeeding “Penny Serenade”.A previously lost Toonerville Trolley cartoon, TOONERVILLE’S BOOZEM FRIENDS (1921), will preceed a double bill “The Roaring Road” and Harold Lloyd’s A Sailor-Made Man.But the big day for us animation historians is Sunday August 1st at 2pm: A TREASURY OF SILENT ANIMATION. This program will include rare animation by Hugh Harman and Ub Iwerks, Earl Hurd and Lyman Howe, and “lost” subjects by pioneers Emile Cohl and Max Fleischer as well as surviving fragments by Paul Terry and J. Stuart Blackton. A partial list of the program includes:
THEATRE DE HULA HULA (1917)
LES METAMORPHOSES COMIQUES (1912) Directed by Emile Cohl
INDOOR SPORTS (1921) Animation: William C. Nolan.
JOYS AND GLOOMS (1921) Animation: John C. Terry.
FELIX THE CAT WEATHERS THE WEATHER (1926)
SICK CYLINDERS (1926) An “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” cartoon.
THE WANDERING TOY (1928) “Lyman H. Howe’s Hodge-Podge.”
JIMMY GETS THE PENNANT (1917)
KOKO PACKS UP (1925) Directed by Dave Fleischer
DEEP SEA DIVING (1925) Red Seal Pictures.
ANIMATED HAIR CARTOON, NO. 21 (1927) Directed by Sid Marcus.
A MODERN MOTHER GOOSE (1924) Issue No. 1 of the Fleischer “Funshop” series.
KOKO’S QUEST(1927) Directed by Dave Fleischer. And surviving segments from films known and unknown, including early Vitagraph subjects, “Bobby Bumps,” “Aesop’s Film Fables,” “Mutt and Jeff” and other cartoon series.
This program is presented by Hugh M. Hefner and introduced by UCLA Archivist Jere Guldin.Do not miss this event! The live action films ain’t bad either. Check out the entire schedule HERE.