The Secret Cinema revives UNCENSORED CARTOONS:
THE DARK SIDE OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF ANIMATION
at Fleisher Art Memorial
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street, Philadelphia
215-922-3456 ext. 300
On Thursday, March 23, the Secret Cinema will return to the Fleisher Art Memorial to present another program from our past, in a continuing celebration of our 25th anniversary. UNCENSORED CARTOONS: THE DARK SIDE OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF ANIMATION will focus on classic and not-so-classic cartoons from some of the greatest masters of the art form. What they share is that all of the cartoons have been suppressed from television and other outlets in recent years, because of their extremely politically-incorrect content. The phrase “Dark Side” in the title has a dual meaning, as a high percentage of the cartoons included have been banned for their racial stereotypes (though there are also now-taboo depictions of vice, violence and lustful thoughts).
UNCENSORED CARTOONS…was first presented at Moore College of Art & Design in 2000, and became one of our most popular screenings ever. The concept was repeated (with different material) a few times since then — however, this will be our first UNCENSORED CARTOONS… program in 13 years.
There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00
The screening will be shown in the beautiful Sanctuary of the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood (just South of Center City). Free parking is available in the Fleisher’s parking lot, just across the street.
As usual, this Secret Cinema program will be projected in 16mm film on a giant screen (not video).
The cartoons to be shown span a wide range of offensiveness, from gentle humor with moderately outdated representations, to shockingly mean with vulgar race jokes and ugly caricatures. While some current regimes of moral guardianship would prefer that these unsavory examples of our pop-culture past be hidden forever, in the foolhardy belief that rewriting history and silencing bad ideas will eliminate bad ideas, we at Secret Cinema believe the opposite. We believe that a full look at our cultural past, both good and bad (and hopefully with an understanding of the context in which such culture existed), will provide the best illumination of our present condition. And if that high-falutin’ wish isn’t quite achieved, hopefully these cartoons will provide some laughs and gasps of astonishment at what used to be shown in movie theaters (as future generations will undoubtedly react to the entertainments of today).
The program is still being assembled, but a few highlights of UNCENSORED CARTOONS… will likely include the following:
ALL THIS AND RABBIT STEW (1941) – In this peculiar Tex Avery cartoon,
Bugs Bunny constantly bests and humiliates a dim-witted hunter that
hopes to eat him — only it’s not Elmner Fudd, but a lazy, slow-moving
black character who will stop anything for a game of craps.
COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS (1943) – This wild tour de force from
Bob Clampett is generally acknowledged to be one of the best Warner
Brothers cartoons ever made. It’s a jive-talk parody of Snow White with
an all-black “cast,” hot jazz, and WWII plot twists.
JASPER AND THE WATERMELONS (1942) – This George Pal “Puppetoon” uses
dazzling stop-motion animation and surreal settings to tell the story of
a little black boy who loves watermelons.
THE RASSLIN’ MATCH (1934) – This rare cartoon was the first of only two
Amos n’ Andy cartoons made by the Van Beuren studios, and employed the
voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the white stars of the
hugely-popular radio show they were based on.
Plus CLEAN PASTURES, INKI AT THE CIRCUS, JAPATEURS, and more!
SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: http://www.thesecretcinema.com
FLEISHER ART MEMORIAL WEBSITE: http://fleisher.org