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TCM’s “Back To The Drawing Board” to Highlight Animation October 6th

TCM's "Back To The Drawing Board" to Highlight Animation October 6th

Turner Classic Movies is going Back To The Drawing Board on Monday night October 6th. For only the second time in two years, the network will devote over six hours of prime-time programming to classic, historically-rare animated shorts and feature films. 

This very special evening of programming features 28 cartoon shorts grouped by respective creators/studios as
shown below in boldface, plus four
feature-length animated classics. All but one of the
shorts are TCM premieres. The evening begins at 8pm (EST)/5pm (PST).

The pioneering American cartoonist/
animator WINSOR
, beloved for his
creation of comic-strip
characters and cartoon films, was a great influence in animation, setting a high standard for Disney artists and others who followed. Ten McCay shorts will be shown including Little Nemo (1911),
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), How A Mosquito Operates (1912), The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918), The Flying House (1921) and Gertie On Tour (1921).

This section of programming is
co-hosted by animator/historian/author John Canemaker.

Bray Studios was
founded 100 years ago to become one of the first studios entirely devoted to animation. Studio founder J.R. Bray
had produced his first
cartoon short, The Artist’s Dream. in 1913
and soon was distributing his films through Pathe, Paramount and Goldwyn Pictures, working with such
artists and directors as Earl
Hurd, Paul Terry and Max Fleischer. Drawn from Bray’s popular cartoon series are such entries as Farmer
Al Falfa Sees New York (1916), Bobby Bumps’ Pup Gets the Flea-Enza (1919), Colonel Heeza Liar, Detective (1923) and Dinky Doodle in Lost and Found (1926) 

Animation curator/collector Thomas Stathes co-hosts.

VAN BEUREN STUDIOS began in 1920 as the "Aesop’s Fables StUdio," founded by Amedee Van Beuren and Paul Terry, coming into its own in 1929 and releasing its cartoons through RKO Studios. Along with
animated shorts, the studio’s output included live-action films. TCM screenings will include The Fly’s Bride (1929), an "Aesop’s Fable"; A Swiss Trick (1931), featuring Tom and Jerry (not to be confused with MGM’s famous cat-and-mouse team); Pastrytown Wedding (1934), The Sunshine Makers (1935) and Ted Eshbaugh’s early Technicolor animated version of The Wizard of Oz (1933). 

Animator/director/historian Steve Stanchfield co-hosts.

From 12:15am (EST)/9:15pm (PST) animated feature films – Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927), Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels (1939), Toei Animation’s Magic Boy (1959) and Chuck Jones The Phantom Tollbooth (1969) – fill out the schedule. 

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Mark L.

The 8:00 EST HD feed was cropped. I switched over to the SD feed to see the full image. You could really notice it during the BUG VAUDEVILLE as the dreamer’s head was off screen. I really don’t understand why they repeated it instead of the Van Beurens, though.

Greg R.

Wow, they did mess up. I wonder if they will show the Van Beuren segment?

Hernan H.

I can’t believe they’re showing the McCay cartoons again instead of the Van Beurens. TCM screwed up!

Greg R.

Gulliver’s Travels looks amazing in HD, and most people don’t even know it exists. Big thanks to TCM for broadcasting these works of animation art!


i wish they’d show Hoppity Goes to Town instead of Gulliver’s Travels.

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