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Last Weekends of the Month at Skirball Cultural Center
November 29, 2014 @ 8:00 am - November 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pmFree
Bring the whole family to the Skirball’s Last Weekends of the Month. These fun-filled Saturdays and Sundays feature special last-weekend-only performances and activities that change every month. Take part in related art activities in the Family Art Studio, too.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy screenings of animated shorts from the 1940s and 1950s, inspired by the exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950. these classic cartoons—featuring beloved characters like Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Bugs Bunny—were specially chosen by noted animation historian Jerry Beck. A Q&A with Beck follows the screening.
How to Be a Detective (1952): Goofy “plays” private detective Johnny Eyeball in this cartoon featuring familiar film noir tropes like dark alleys, car chases, and shady characters—including the first appearance of the criminal weasels who became the comical henchmen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946): Bob Clampett’s zany take on Dick Tracy comic book stories features Daffy Duck as Duck Twacy, who hunts down the criminals behind a piggy bank robbery crime wave. Look out for a cameo by Dick Tracy villain Flat Top.
Duck Pimples (1945): Donald Duck spends a night curled up with some detective pulp fiction and listens to a mystery radio show. then chaos ensues. This highly surreal episode features numerous in-jokes (the characters are all named after Disney animators) and a redheaded moll who inspired Jessica Rabbit inWho Framed Roger Rabbit.
Showdown (1942): This stylish Superman cartoon from the now defunct Fleischer Studios at Paramount sees the Man of Steel tackling a jewel thief disguised as his double. This short has definite touches of classic film noir; Superman climbs out of cobwebbed catacombs and foils a getaway car.
The Last Hungry Cat (1962): This Tweety and Sylvester cartoon, directed by Friz Freleng, is a spoof of noir-ish whodunnits as well a parody of psychological Alfred Hitchcock mysteries.
Racketeer Rabbit (1946): On a dark and stormy night, Bugs Bunny takes refuge in the hideout of gangsters Rocky (an Edward G. Robinson caricature) and Hugo (a Peter Lorre henchman). Produced during the height of Hollywood’s film noir period, this cartoon is the ultimate parody of cinematic “wise guys.”