East Coast Animation

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 5:30 p.m.

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

Where Hollywood animators studied the work of illustrators, New York studios preferred the freewheeling vision of newspaper cartoonists like the Fleischer brothers. Felix the Cat, Popeye the Sailor, Betty Boop, and the other stars of East Coast animation reflected the cosmopolitan style of New York City in the 1920s and 1930s. This program includes all of these characters, along with a few surprises ranging from experimental cinema to industrial films.
Modeling. 1921. Fleischer Studio
KoKo's Earth Control. 1928. Fleischer Studio. Print courtesy EmGee Library
Felix in Hollywood. 1923. Otto Messmer for Pat Sullivan
Felix the Cat in Comicalamities. 1928.Otto Messmer for Pat Sullivan
Betty Boop's Silly Scandals. 1931. Flesicher Studio
Betty Boop in Snow White. 1933
A Dream Walking (Popeye). 1934. Flesicher Studio
Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's 40 Thieves. 1937. Fleischer Studio
Puzzled Pals. 1933. Van Beuren Studio. Print courtesy Richard Koszarski
The Sunshine Makers. 1935. Ted Eshbaugh for Van Beuren Studio. Print courtesy EmGee Library
In My Merry Oldsmobile. 1931. Fleischer Studio
Norman McLaren's NBC Valentine Greeting. 1940

In the Film exhibition Hollywood on the Hudson: Filmmaking in New York, 1920–39

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