Forget Saturday morning cartoons! This morning, at 11am, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is showing on the bigscreen one of the true all-time animated greats: the Walt Disney classic Pinocchio.

The screening, which is being held in honor of the films’ 75th anniversary, will be introduced by the venerable animation historian J.B. Kaufman whose much-anticipated Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic will be released later this month.

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in Manhattan. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for general public, and $3 for students and Academy members.

The screening is part of the Academy’s “Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” taking place in New York City throughout the month of May. The educational initiative, organized by the Academy’s Patrick Harrison, is designed to introduce both Academy members and the general public to the history and techniques of the animation art form. The series kicked off in April with an evening dedicated to Laika, and continues this month with the following programs:

May 12: The Anatomy of an Animation Studio: An Evening with Blue Sky

The team behind Blue Sky’s notable films (the Ice Age and Rio franchises, Epic, Robots) will take the audience on a journey through the CGI creative process using clips and storyboards to unveil the magic of Blue Sky Studios. Special Guests: Chris Wedge (Director), Carlos Saldanha (Director), John Donkin (Producer) and Tom Cardone (Art Director)

May 19: The History of Silent and Early Sound New York Animation

Film archivist, collector, and historian Tommy Stathes provides a comprehensive look at the early cartoons created in New York City between 1900 and the late 1920s. A mix of classics and rarely seen gems, this program highlights the hand-drawn animation being made in New York from the turn of the century through the sound era. The first portion of the program will have live jazz accompaniment, and the show will culminate with screenings of the first sound-on-film cartoon to be produced in New York, Paul Terry’s Dinner Time (1928), and finally, Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie (1928), the Hollywood production commonly considered to be the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. The evening’s other special guest will be author, illustrator, animator and director J.J. Sedelmaier.

May 29: A Sneak Peek of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

Audiences will be treated to a sneak peek of Disney-Pixar’s upcoming big-screen adventure Inside Out. Directed by Oscar winner Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) and produced by Jonas Rivera (Up), Inside Out features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith as the five emotions inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind. Following the screening, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera will share behind-the-scenes details about the movie, its inspiration and what it took to bring it to the big screen.

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.