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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

JUNE 20th: Golden Age Cartoons On The Big Screen At The Egyptian!

Golden Age Cartoon Screening

A Time Machine Trip Back To The Golden Age Of Cartoons

Egyptian Theatre- Sat June 20th 2015, 3pm
Presented by the American Cinematheque and Animation Resources


Back in the 1920s and 30s, cartoons were a truly magical experience. Hand drawn doodles danced and sang projected as big as a house on the silver screens of lavish movie palaces. Every short cartoon was a window into a world of its own, and artists were free to use their pencils and paint to make fun of absolutely anything- no rules, no censors.

Today, times have changed. Animation is primarily a children’s medium. It’s made with computers, and the scope of the cartoon world is limited by the size of the TV set in our living room. Classic animated films of the past have suffered the ravages of time, gradually deteriorating, being bumped out of broadcast TV schedules, fading away until they’re little more than just a pleasant memory.

But on June 20th, film preservationist Steve Stanchfield will turn back the hands of time and present a program of newly restored vintage cartoons on the big screen at the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Stanchfield is a champion of rare and forgotten animation, and his company, Thunderbean Animation is helping preserve our cartoon heritage, utilizing modern digital technology to return these precious films to their former glory.

Also on board for this exciting program is Stephen Worth, the president of Animation Resources, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to serving animation artists and researchers. Worth will be sharing the stories of the artists who made the films and providing historical background. The program will include a little bit of everything, from animation’s biggest stars to its most unusual obscure characters. There will be silent films and sound films, early experimental color cartoons, as well as good old black & white. The rarest of the rare will be back on the big screen where it belongs, and even the most die hard cartoon fans will see plenty of things in the program they’ve never seen before- perhaps things they didn’t even know existed!

Steve Stanchfield will have DVDs and blu-rays of restored cartoons for sale in the lobby after the program, and Animation Resources will be on hand to provide info about their organization.

Screening format 35mm, 2K Digital




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Monday, March 9th, 2015

EVENT: JAZZ screening March 21st 7pm

Jazz Screening

The animated cartoon is the SECOND greatest American artistic innovation of the 20th century… the greatest was JAZZ.

A Screening Hosted By The Animation Creative League
All welcome. Members: Free / Mon-Members $5 Donation
Saturday March 21st, 2015 7:00 pm
Animation Resources Screening Room, Pacoima CA

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Adventures in Music
Cab Calloway


The histories of Animation and Jazz have been intertwined since the early days. Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong made appearances in Betty Boop cartoons, Benny Goodman provided the soundtrack for Disney’s “Make Mine Music”, and Jack Teagarden was the “Slip Horn King of Polaroo” at Lantz. Many animators were Jazz fans too. Ward Kimball organized a Dixieland Jazz band named “The Firehouse Five”, Clampett was a regular customer at the Central Avenue Jazz clubs in Los Angeles, and Grim Natwick was friends with W.C. Handy and provided the cover illustration for the sheet music for the immortal Jazz standard “St. Louis Blues”. The rhythm and syncopation of Jazz flowed like life’s blood through the cartoons of the golden age of animation.

On Saturday March 21st, Animation Resources’ Creative League will host a very important screening of Jazz films, all in brand new high definition restorations off the original film elements. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Fats Waller… the program will be a “Who’s Who” of the giants of Jazz. In addition to screening a pristine print of the landmark musical “Stormy Weather” starring Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers, we will be treated to several rare musical short subjects from the 1930s, newly restored by The Library of Congress.

Seating is limited, so reserve your seats early because this screening is sure to sell out.

Adventures in Music
Louis Armstrong


This very special event will be held at 7:00pm on March 21st. Our screening room is located in Pacoima, CA. The Animation Creative League events are by invitation only. There is no charge for members (and a guest), but a $5 donation is requested from non-members. You are encouraged to contribute snacks and drinks.

To request an invite, please email YOUR NAME, YOUR PHONE NUMBER and THE NUMBER OF GUESTS to Taber Dunnipace at…


If you can bring refreshments, please do. Confirmations will go out well in advance of the screening. Space is limited. Please do not RSVP unless you plan to attend, and make sure you let us know if you can’t make it so we can offer your seat to another person. See you at the screening!

Adventures in Music
Duke Ellington

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Online Screening: STORYTELLING

Storytelling Screening

Event held February 21st, 2015 at 7:30pm
Sponsored by The Animation Creative League
Animation Resources Screening Room in Pacoima, CA

One of the most concentrated form of writing is the short story. In just a few pages, the writer needs to get across character, atmosphere, action and tie it all up at the end with a satisfying conclusion. Sound familiar? Animated shorts have the exact same goals in mind.

For those who missed our program, here are YouTube links to the films we screened. We are looking for donations to purchase lights and video cameras for our screening room. The goal is to be able to live stream our events. If you would like to contribute to this project, either monetarily or through technological assistance, let me know at

"Oh Whistle And I’ll Come To You" by M.R. James (1968)

M.R. James was an academic at Cambridge and Eaton. He was a renowned scholar with expertise in Medieval manuscripts. To entertain his students he wrote a ghost story for them every Christmas. These ghost stories are among the most famous short stories in English literature. James was a living contradiction. He lived through the industrial age and World War I, but at heart, he was a Victorian with a fondness for Britain’s distant past. This adaptation of James’ “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” clearly reflects that dichotomy. The lead character is a rigid minded man of science who comes face to face with an ancient horror.

There are several interesting techniques in this teleplay… the use of non-verbal under the breath muttering similar to Popeye cartoons, and “micro-gags” which pepper the whole introductary section of the film. Micro-gags were used a lot in Disney features, they are amusing secondary actions which are not the focus of the scene, but serve to reveal the personality of the character in an amusing way. Here, they are skillfully used to bring the viewer into the lead character’s world and point of view. But while we are distracted by the micro-gags, the real point of the story is going on in the shadows, just out of sight. It’s a brilliant touch by the director Jonathan Miller, and it acts like a magician’s misdirection to keep us occupied while something big sneaks up on us. This is one of the greatest British television programs ever aired. Enjoy!

Click here to view “Oh Whistle and I’ll Come To You” (1968) in full DVD quality.

"The Signal Man" by Charles Dickens (1976)

Today, when we think of Charles Dickens, we don’t normally think of him as a writer of ghost stories, but think about “A Christmas Carol” for a moment. He wrote many eerie short stories, and is widely considered to be the father of supernatural fiction. Before Dickens, ghosts in literature were primarily vague shadows of Kings and Queens that existed in ancient times, but Dickens was the first to place his ghosts in his contemporary Victorian times. It’s a tribute to how effective he was at this that we still set many ghost stories in the 19th century.

Take a look at his story, “The Signal Man”. Dickens not only uses real everyday people as the lead characters, but he bases the whole story on the most modern technology of the day… railroads. This would be like setting a ghost story today on the space shuttle or on a jet airliner. Yet Dickens uses our fear of technological catastrophe to heighten our fear of the unknown. This story may not seem so much like it today, but for its time, it was a great example of “thinking outside the box”.

Click here to view “The Signal Man” (1976) in full DVD quality.

"The Hitch Hiker" by Roald Dahl (1980)

Roald Dahl was quoted as saying that he labored more over a short short story and it took longer to write than a novel. Distilling atmosphere, character, conflict and resolution into a few short pages took months of writing and rewriting. Because of this, he rarely wrote more than one short story a year. But the ones he wrote were absolute gems. In 1979 he adapted all of the short stories he had written into a British television series titled “Tales of the Unexpected”. This is one of the best episodes from that series.

When George Clayton Johnson, writer on Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” spoke to us at a Creative League meeting last year, he said that the way he approached writing was to come up with two characters, each with their own diametrically opposed argument and point of view, to create a conflict. But he didn’t want the audience to be able to pick a side. Each argument needed to be perfectly balanced in opposition with the other, so the audience’s sympathy alternates back and forth between the characters. Here is a drop dead brilliant example of that. In addition, the direction the story is going is revealed in perfect little glimpses, until the truth is finally revealed. Dahl was a superb storyteller with a great sense of timing.

Click here to view “The Hitch Hiker” (1980) in full DVD quality.

I hope you will view these films with your co-workers and fellow artists and discuss the techniques that you are able to glean from them about story construction and pacing. Feel free to discuss it in the comments section of our events page on Facebook…

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