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American Cinematheque Celebrates George Pal’s Puppetoons; Filmation’s He-Man

American Cinematheque Celebrates George Pal's Puppetoons; Filmation's He-Man

There’s two weeks of animation coming up at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. The Egyptian is hosting a 4-Day tribute to legendary fantasy filmmaker George Pal starting Thursday night September 10th. 

In addition to rare prints of Pal’s classic films (including The Time Machine, War of The Worlds and Destination Moon) and in person appearances by actors in the films,  I’ll be hosting a program of Puppetoons, Pal’s Oscar winning Technicolor stop-motion Paramount shorts from the 1940s.  

On Saturday September 12th I’ll be hosting a big-screen showing Arnold Leibovit’s The Puppetoon Movie (1987) preceded by several other rare George Pal shorts – including the uber-rare Radio Valve Revolution (1934) which may be Pal’s first animated cartoon. It’s not stop motion, it’s cxel-animated, hand drawn and really cool. Not on DVD. I’ll also do a Q&A with with Arnold Leibovit about all things George Pal in between. Gonna be fun. More info here.


On Friday September 18th and Saturday September 19th, the Egyptian will host an anniversary tribute to He-Man, She-Ra and The Masters of the Universe. After a Friday night screening of the Cannon Films live action Masters Of The Universe (1987 – starring Dolph Lundgren), the Saturday program includes a panel on the Filmation cartoon show with original animation artists/writers/voices Tom Sito, Marc Scott Zicree, Alan Oppenheimer and Larry DiTillo (among others); a discussion of Lou Scheimer led by his daughter Erika; the creation of the action figures by toy co-creator Mark Taylor; a screening of the 1985 film (30th Anniversary) The Secret Of The Sword; and more!

For more information on the He-Man and She-Ra Celebration, click here.

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