Friday, October 19, 2012

Jerry Beck on TCM with Rare Animated Films on 10-21-12

I hope that others are watching the special program on TCM this Sunday evening, Oct. 21st, with Jerry Beck, the cartoon historian and author of fifteen books on the subject.

Above: Robert Osborne & Jerry Beck on TCM on Sunday, October 21st. [photo courtesy of TCM]
 I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry when I visited TCM this summer (more about that at a later date). I was delighted to discuss his work with him for some time prior to his appearance with Robert Osborne. His knowledge of his subject and his love for classic animation is so infectious. Hats off to Jerry, who has posted some great links to historical material associated with tonight's lineup on TCM at the link below on his terrific website on animation that he maintains with his colleague, Amid Amidi. CartoonBrew.com's account of Jerry's visit with TCM is linked here:

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/rare-animation-on-tcm-gullivers-travels-71920.html

I recommend The Tell-Tale Heart in particular. James Mason did the narration in this beautifully made (and little known) adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe tale. I am particularly interested in the 1920 cartoon, The Bomb Idea since it deals with the then "ripped-from-the-headlines" theme of  Bolshevik bomb-throwers, (an unusual subject for a cartoon, eh?). You can see more about each film on tonight's schedule here

Here's a rundown of the schedule for tonight (all times shown are ET):



8:00 PM
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS (1939)
A human doctor washes ashore on an island inhabited by little people locked in a foolish war.
Dir: Dave Fleischer Cast:  Jessica Dragonette , Lanny Ross ,
C-76 mins, TV-G, CC,

9:30 PM
MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN (1941)
A grasshopper tries to find a new home for his fellow insects.
Dir: Dave Fleischer Cast:  Kenny Gardner , Gwen Williams , Jack Mercer .
C-78 mins, TV-G,

11:00 PM
FUDGET'S BUDGET (1954)
George Fudget tries to get his family to economize.
Dir: Robert Cannon
BW-7 mins, TV-G, Letterbox Format

11:00 PM
UNICORN IN THE GARDEN, THE (1953)
Dir: William T Hurtz
BW-7 mins, TV-PG,

11:00 PM
GERALD MCBOING BOING (1951)
Dir: Robert Cannon
BW-7 mins, TV-G,

11:00 PM
ROOTY TOOT TOOT (1951)
On trial for killing a faithless lover, Frankie tries to spin the story in her favor.
Dir: John Hubley
C-8 mins, TV-G, CC,

11:00 PM
TELL-TALE HEART, THE (1953)
Dir: Ted Parmelle
BW-8 mins, TV-14,

11:00 PM
CHRISTOPHER CRUMPET (1953)
A little boy turns into a chicken whenever he doesn't get his way.
Dir: Robert Cannon
BW-7 mins, TV-G,

11:00 PM
RAGTIME BEAR, THE (1949)
Dir: John Hubley
BW-7 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
SCENTS AND NONSENSE (1926)
Krazy Kat tries to help a furrier catch animals to skin.
BW-6 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
DOWN ON PHONEY FARM (1915)
In his rare, recently rediscovered debut appearance, Paul Terry's Farmer Al Falfa develops a plant that grows beer, then tests the product on his cow.
BW-3 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
SPRINGTIME (1923)
Farmer Al Falfa flirts with cute girls at the beach.
BW-5 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
INKWELL - TRIP TO MARS (1924)
BW-6 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
ARTIST'S DREAM (1913)
An animated dachshund fools his live-action creator by eating the sausages he has drawn.
BW-4 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
FARMERETTE, THE (1932)
All the animals on Farmer Goat's farm are lazy and unproductive until a visiting flapper introduces them to jazz.
BW-7 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
FIREMAN SAVE MY CHILD (1919)
Firemen Mutt and Jeff are called to a burning hotel, where Mutt must rescue a rich lady's "baby" while avoiding a monster dog.
BW-6 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
BOMB IDEA, THE (1920)
A railroad porter and his boss get a premature Red Scare when a strange visitor seems to be carrying a Bolshevik bomb.
BW-3 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
HAUNTED HOTEL (1907)
A big-nosed man spends the night in a ghostly inn, where enchanted silverware fixes dinner and a terrible troll swallows unwary sleepers.
BW-5 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
BOBBY BUMPS STARTS FOR SCHOOL (1917)
Mischievous schoolboy Bobby disobeys his teacher and swings on a dangerous giant school bell.
BW-5 mins, TV-G,

12:00 AM
LIGHTNING SKETCHES (1907)
J. Stuart Blackton, one of the earliest screen cartoonists, draws some ethnic caricatures and an animated bottle of wine.
BW-2 mins, TV-G,

1:15 AM
ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED, THE (1927)
This silent silhouetted animation is based on the Arabian Nights' tales.
Dir: Lotte Reiniger
BW-66 mins, TV-G,

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