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New York Animation: The Beginning

November 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Join us for New York Animation: The Beginning, a curated screening of early and rare New York animation cartoon series and characters, all shown on 16mm film. This is a unique opportunity to see films the way they were originally intended to be viewed—on ‘reel’ film!

Curated and presented by early animation historian, archivist, and preservationist, Tommy José Stathes.

Sampling of Directors, cartoon series, and characters that will be shown:

Otto Messmer/Felix the Cat
Max Fleischer/Out of the Inkwell and Koko the Clown
Walter Lantz/Dinky Doodle
Charles Bowers/Mutt and Jeff
Paul Terry/Aesop’s Fables and Farmer Alfalfa

About The Stathes Archives: 

The Stathes archives of early animated films has been nearly two decades in the making. Beginning as a casual effort to find and see early cartoons that were unavailable on home video, the collection has grown to become perhaps one of the largest of its kind. It includes many titles and ‘orphan films’ that are difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, amassed in rare archival 16mm and 35mm prints.

Tommy José Stathes/Cartoons On Film

Tommy José Stathes/Cartoons On Film

Tommy José Stathes/Cartoons On Film

This is an in-person event. Tickets are $20 and are required to attend. All participants must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask when they are not eating or drinking. To ensure safe social distancing, this event is limited to 50 participants. To learn more about our Safety Protocols please go here.

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November 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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At the Society
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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