A night of surreal animation, Friday


By on Fri, November 19, 2010

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Many thanks to professor Karl Cohen, the famous animation archivist, who choreographed this Friday’s night of classic cartoons. Karl dug into his film vault and provided the Society with original prints for a dozen of his personal favorites from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40s, and 50’s.

Karl’s picks from the 20’s and 30’s feature characters that were famous back in the days when all cartoons were black in white.  Felix the Cat plays with shadows in the twilight.   Tom and Jerry (soon to morph into the now familiar cat and mouse) are human cops trying to save a beautiful singing mummy.  Betty Boop has recently morphed from dog to her familiar human form, but still pals around with her old boyfriend Bimbo the dog and his sidekick Koko the clown. Little round headed Oopy is kidnapped and bratty brother Scrappy rushes to the rescue.  Flip The Frog battles a creepy magician.

The characters from the 1940s and 1950s are in color, are more familiar to a modern audience , but still retain an edge that was lost in later years.  Porky the Pig and Daffy Duck mix up the deliveries of baby animals.  James Mason narrates a creepy version of the Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”.   Daffy Duck is tormented by a sadistic off-screen animator. Bugs Bunny outwits a mad scientist and his furry orange monster.
Don’t miss this once in lifetime chance to share these classic cartoon with Karl.  Stick around after the screening to ask Karl questions or get him to sign one of his books.

Friday Nov. 19, at 7:30 pm
Suggested donation  $8.00 adults, $3.00 kids  
Community United Methodist Church Sanctuary
777 Miramontes Half Moon Bay

More info: www.HMBFilm.org