Friday, August 03, 2012

Upcoming Animation on TCM

 Update: Jerry Beck, who will be co-hosting with TCM's Robert Osborne, has more details at Cartoon Brew.

Sunday, October 21 is still a distance away, but Turner Classic Movies will be devoting their evening block to animation.  It starts with the two Fleischer features, Gulliver's Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to Town.  That's followed by six UPA cartoons (all available on the Jolly Frolics DVD set).  Sundays at midnight, TCM regularly schedules silent films, and for this day they're showing 11 silent cartoons, including The Artist's Dream (an early J.R. Bray), Trip to Mars (with Koko the Clown), Bobby Bumps Goes to School, and Fireman Save My Child (with Mutt and Jeff).  The next slot is for foreign films, and their animated example is Lotte Reineger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

The schedule can be accessed here, and I'll be reminding everyone as the date approaches.

10 comments:

Brubaker said...

Do you know if "Mr. Bug" will have original titles?

Jeff Overturf said...

I hope it means TCM has interest in releasing and re-mastering more for DVD/Blueray/Home digital market!

Kevin W. Martinez said...
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Kevin W. Martinez said...

The UCLA Film and Television Archive actually restored Mr. Bug from the nitrate negs, with original titles and everyone.

I know it's probably unlikely, but if there were ever a venue for that restored print, this would be it.

Oh, and congrats to Tom Stathes. His hard work in discovering and curating long-lost silent film has born great fruit.

Thad said...

Paul Terry wasn't involved in ARTIST'S DREAM - it was a Bray cartoon.

Thad said...

^ Bray's first famous cartoon.

Mark Mayerson said...

Brubaker, I have no idea where TCM's material will be coming from. We can only hope that Mr. Bug is the UCLA restoration, but it could simply be the NTA print.

Thad, I'm getting old. Thanks for the correction, which I've made in the main entry.

J.V. (AKA "White Pongo") said...

I saw that print last year and, yes, it is stunning. It may have been hearing it through a theater sound system but it sounded great too.

Michael Sporn said...
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Michael Sporn said...

I assusmed TCM would be airing the Jolly Frolics once they distributed the DVD, however the two Fleischer films adds to the treasure.

Tom Stathes' silent films should have been on their silent video program on Sunday nights sooner than this. In fact, with every feature they show, they should include a selection by Mr. Stathes. The material is too golden and rare to not distribute on a wider scale.