Monday, December 26, 2011

The Greatest Cartoons Ever!

So, it's the day after Christmas, and I'm feeling pretty run down. Since laughter is the best medicine, I decided that The Greatest Cartoons Ever! at the Alex Theatre in Glendale might just do the trick.

What fun! The Alex Film Society selected eight great ones: "Duck Amuck" with Daffy Duck improvising each scene; "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" with Tom and Jerry; "Mother Goose's Birthday Party" with Mighty Mouse; "Popeye the Sailor Man Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves" with Popeye, Olive, Wimpy and Bluto; "Gerald McBoing Boing," a delightful piece by Dr. Seuss; "Lonesome Ghosts" with Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and a quartet of ghosts; "The Cracked Nut" with Woody Woodpecker; and "What's Opera, Doc?" with Elmer, Bugs and the classic "kill the wabbit!" chant. In between, we saw some of the animation tricks, like Popeye's combined 2D and 3D animation from 1937.

It was fantastic to view these cartoons on the big screen, like they were created to be seen. The audience ranged from seniors to families with young kiddies. And, yes, we all laughed throughout the show at the same gags! I think we ALL felt better by the final curtain.

Click here to go to the Alex's Web site.

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