March 14th, 2017

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RefPack015: Two Rare Felix Silent Films From 35mm to download!


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Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.

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Felix The Cat

Two Silent Felix The Cat Shorts
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“Felix Dines And Pines” (1927) “Feline Follies” (1919)

Felix the Cat was the most famous cartoon character of the silent era, and his popularity remains strong to this day. Messmer related the details of Felix’s creation in 1919 to animation historian John Canemaker like this…

Sullivan’s studio was very busy, and Paramount, they were falling behind their schedule and they needed one extra to fill in. And Sullivan, being very busy, said, “If you want to do it on the side, you can do any little thing to satisfy them.” So I figured a cat would be about the simplest. Make him all black, you know—you wouldn’t need to worry about outlines. And one gag after the other, you know? Cute. And they all got laughs. So Paramount liked it so they ordered a series.

Feline Follies was the first Felix the Cat cartoon. Originally named Thomas, the cat was eventually renamed Felix on the suggestion of a Paramount executive because the name suggested the words “felis”, the Latin word for cat and “felix” meaning “lucky”. By the time Felix Dines And Pines was produced in 1927, Felix’s star was on the wane. But the cartoons remained innovative, incorporating wild surrealism and sophisticated personality animation to tell its stories.

Animation Resources Advisory Board Member, Steve Stanchfield has done considerable research on Felix the Cat’s filmography and he shares these rare transfers from 35mm original prints with us. Even though the nitrate is deteriorating, they give a clear indication of why Felix is still the World’s Most Famous Cat.

REFPACK015: Two Felix The Cat Shorts
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March 13th, 2017

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Illustration: Great LP Record Jackets

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Animation Resources volunteer and resident video guru, Eric Graf has amassed an amazing collection of novelty and children’s records from the 50s and 60s. He brought a stack by the other day to be scanned. Check out how these covers make you want to rush to your phonograph to play the record. Tiny, badly designed CD and DVD covers just don’t have the same impact. Thanks, Eric for sharing these with us!

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March 6th, 2017

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March 11th: Animation Resources Annual Meeting and Screening Party!

Baron Munchausen

Animation Resources is holding its Annual Meeting, screening and party on Saturday March 11th and you’re invited!

ANNUAL MEETING FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1852874204931782/

Baron Munchausen

Every year, Animation Resources holds a meeting where we recap our accomplishments during the previous year and announce our goals for the upcoming one. It’s a great time to find out more about our organization and meet the people who make it all happen. But that’s not all… we screen a rare film from our collection on the big screen, we network and we party as well!

Baron Munchausen

This year, we will be screening a brand new high definition restoration of Karel Zeman’s revolutionary film, Baron Prášil (The Fabulous Baron Munchausen). You probably have never heard of this film, but after you see it, you’ll never forget it.

Terry Gilliam is quoted as saying, “I remember when I was doing Baron Munchausen seeing a picture in a [British Film Institute] catalogue from Karel Zeman’s Baron Munchausen and saying, “Wow, what is this?” and eventually seeing the film, and saying, “Wow, that’s great,” because he did what I’m still trying to do, which is to try and combine live action with animation. His Doré-esque backgrounds were wonderful. The film captured the real spirit of the character.”

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Our digital transfer of the film comes all the way from the Karel Zeman Museum in Czechoslovakia. You won’t see this one on Netflix! So don’t miss it.

If you would like to attend the party, please RSVP by sending an email to Taber Dunipace at… tdunipace@animationresources.org. Our seating for the screening is limited, so please RSVP early and if it turns out later that you can’t make it, let us know so we can offer your seat to someone else on the waiting list. If you can, please bring snacks and drinks for the refreshments table.

Baron Munchausen


KAREL ZEMAN’S BARON PRASIL (The Fabuous Baron Munchausen)
SATURDAY MARCH 11th 2017 7:30pm
Animation Resources Headquarters, Pacoima, CA

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About The Film:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fabulous_Baron_Munchausen

Trailers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKXKZ0AfvS0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1h7ozW9VQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXIlQTur-1M

About Karel Zeman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQv04Ku2kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTPGMERQSMQ


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