|Robert Osborne (left) with John Canemaker|
This is the 100th anniversary of McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur as well as the 100th anniversary of the start of the Bray studio.
You can read about the Van Beuren cartoons that will be screened here and read about the Bray cartoons here.
If you have any interest in animation history or just want to see cartoons that you've never seen before, I highly recommend these programs. Each of these people is an expert in the field. John Canemaker is an Oscar-winning animator and author of many animation related books. His most recent are The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheiss & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic and Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair. Steve Stanchfield is the proprietor of Thunderbean Animation, a production company that also produces restored DVDs and Blu-rays of classic animation. Tom Stathes runs film screenings in the New York area.
Later the same night, TCM will screen Lotte Reineger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Max and Dave Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels, Akira Daikubara's Magic Boy, and Chuck Jones' The Phantom Tollbooth. That's ten solid hours of animation.