<i>Balloon Land</i>. 1963. USA. Directed by Ub Iwerks

Serge Bromberg Presents Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Grams and Ub Iwerks Cartoons

Piano accompaniment by Ben Model

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

Serge Bromberg, director of the internationally celebrated Annecy Animation Film Festival in France, presents a wonderful selection of Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Grams from 1921–23, which have been recently preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, as well as five cartoons by the legendary animator Ub Iwerks, preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy Film Archive. In 1915, Disney founded the Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri, inviting some of animation’s future greats, including Iwerks, Hugh Harman, Friz Freleng, and Rudolph Ising, to create fairy tale cartoons. This program features six of these tales: Little Red Riding Hood (aka Grandma Steps Out), Jack the Giant Killer (aka The KO Kid), Puss in Boots (aka The Cat’s Whiskers), Goldie Locks and the Three Bears (aka The Peroxide Kid), The Four Musicians of Bremen, and Newman Laugh-O-Grams. Iwerks, a Kansas City native, followed Disney to Hollywood, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Alice Comedies and the transformation of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit into Mickey Mouse. Iwerks eventually left Walt Disney Studios, had an independent studio of his own for several years in the 1930s, worked for a time on Looney Tunes shorts, and then returned to Disney in 1940 to develop special visual effects, for which he won two Academy Awards. Bromberg presents five cartoons from the independent Iwerks Studio: Techno-Cracked (1933), The Brave Tin Solder (1934), Jack Frost (1934), Don Quixote (1934), and his undisputed masterpiece, Balloon Land (1935). The Disney Laugh-O-Grams are silent. Ub Iwerks films are courtesy of David Shepard.

In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

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