Heir to the crazy cartoons of the 1930s (and the head comix of the 1960s), animator Sally Cruikshank is a national treasure. Back in 1981, American Film praised her for all but singlehandedly resurrecting the Depression-era “funny animal” cartoon—“as authentic an American idiom as jug band music or situation comedy.” Since then she has soldiered on, creating acerbically hilarious, wonderfully detailed candy-colored cartoons about neurotic ducks and fashionista horses. This tribute, presented by Cruikshank herself, includes newly preserved prints of her cel-animation classics, Quasi at the Quackadero (1975, elected to the United States National Film Registry in 2009), Make Me Psychic (1978), and Face Like a Frog (1987, featuring an original soundtrack by Oingo Boingo), interspersed with a sampling of her commercial movie credits, including the trailer for Ruthless People (1986), beloved Sesame Street spots, and several of her wonderfully eccentric versions of the old Fleischer brothers’ Song Car-Tunes that eschew the hot jazz of the early 1930s for the mellow doo-wop of the 1950s. Program 90 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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