CARTOON OBSURA

Animation goes old school

You’d be hard-pressed to find any freedom-loving American who’s not a fan of the Saturday-morning cartoon ritual, with its liberal feasting on Count Chocula and ceremonial garb consisting of pajamas late into the afternoon. But, long before television, cartoons were made for the cinema, and historian Tom Stathes has the evidence. His collection of more than 1,000 shorts traces a long history of American animation back to the early 20th century. At the Vintage Cartoon Carnival presented by Obscura Society NYC, the native New Yorker and “Cartoon Cryptozoologist” will screen a series of winter-, spring-, summer-, and fall-themed clips from the 1920s, presented in the original 16mm film on projector. Lifted from the accumulated library of Stathes’s Bray Animation Project, the shorts provide an overview of the materials produced by Bray Studios during the silent-film era. So go ahead and treat your seasonal affective disorder with a dose of wacky talking animals. Like the studio’s slogan said: “Everybody loves a cartoon!”
Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2013

 
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