Max Fleischer Toons!

Some of the wildest, funniest and most surreal WTF cartoons ever made came from the studio of one Max Fleischer. The greatest rival during the 1930s to the then-newly minuted throne of Walt Disney, Fleischer’s Betty Boop and Popeye became more popular than Mickey and Minnie, and though Uncle Walt gets the credit, Fleischer made sound cartoons, three-dimensional cartoons, and even feature-length cartoons before Disney did! This month, our resident animation historian Jerry Beck presents a spectacular collection of the funniest Fleischer flicks, presented in jaw-dropping 35mm and restored from the original negatives by the UCLA Film & Television Archive! The program includes pre-code Betty Boop classics including Boop-Oop-A-Doop (where Betty is almost raped by a lecherous circus ringmaster), Bimbo’s Initiation (“Wanna be a member?”) and the coked-up Cab Calloway version of “Snow White”. We’ll also screen some Koko the Clown, several follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-a-longs, and Color Classic cartoons using Fleischer’s patented “Stereo-Optical” 3-D process (without needing glasses!)

Watch the vintage Fleischer toon “Ain’t She Sweet”!
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Watch the vintage Fleischer toon “Dancing On The Moon”!
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