Jerry Beck presents UPA: Magoo, McBoing Boing & Midcentury Modern!

Home to memorable characters like Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing, United Productions of America (UPA) is sadly forgotten today, but was the most significant animation studio of the 1950s, and ushered in a whole new way of making cartoons. Combining contemporary modern art with slapstick comedy, UPA challenged the way Disney made toons, dominated the Academy Awards during its heyday, and inspired international and independent animators for decades to come. Animation historian Jerry Beck will introduce rare 35mm prints of the studio’s undeniable classics — including their acclaimed adaptations of James Thurber’s “Unicorn In The Garden” and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” — along with a selection of rare commercials and industrial films not seen in public for over 50 years. Oh, and plenty of CinemaScope Mr. Magoo masterpieces, too. “By George”, it’s not to be missed!

Watch the 1953 UPA cartoon “Christopher Crumpet”!
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