TUESDAY in LA: “Back To School” at the Cinefamily

My next Animation Tuesday presentation at the Cinefamily (The Silent Movie Theatre) in Los Angeles is a curated compilation of trippy 40s and 50s Technicolor educational, industrial and instructional films from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cartoons! No boring classroom lessons here; these are highly entertaining examples of animation from the greatest talents in the field. From Disney, you’ll witness the rarely seen – by men, at least – Kotex-sponsored The Story of Menstruation (1946), from UPA we’ll screen both Bill Hurtz’ Man Alive (1951) and Abe Levitow’s Inside Magoo (1959), two theatrical shorts that explore the dangers of cancer.

The highlight of the evening will be a 35mm Technicolor screening of John Sutherland’s 50s-design masterpiece Rhapsody Of Steel (1959, image above) with animation by Irv Spence and Emery Hawkins, backgrounds by Eyvind Earle, art direction by Maurice Noble and Victor Haboush, and music by Dimitri Tiomkin. And that’s not all – there will be plenty of other unique animated surprises I can’t announce yet! Plus, the program will be preceded by a big-screen showing of all ten selections in Cartoon Brew’s 2011 Student Festival (We’ll be doing a separate post soon about this special showing). Advance tickets on sale now. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind animation event!