"Some people say I'm crazy, some say that I'm insane, please pass the ketchup, I think it's going to rain..." Back in the 1980's I had a brain-melting night at the Nuart when Jerry Beck gave a talk and projected some of his favorite rare and unusual cartoons from the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies productions. I had always loved those cartoons and thought they were bursting with the wittiest wisecracks and the most suave sight gags I had ever seen and here was Jerry Beck showing me the historical context behind the mayhem. I bought his encyclopedic guide book The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons (now out of print) and thought he had the coolest job in the whole world.
This week he will be appearing at the Cinefamily to celebrate a master of cartoons: Frank Tashlin. Over his career Frank directed and wrote some of the craziest and most original cartoons ever created and also worked with people like Tex Avery, Walt Disney, the Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball, Chuck Jones, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, and Jerry Lewis. Mr. Beck is just the expert to guide us through a screening of Tashlin's best and rarest work.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 8:00 P.M.
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