The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.
Thursday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
What’s Up Doc? – A close-up of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, Part 1 (Warner Bros., 1932-1951)
Special guest Rick Gehr, a cartoon historian, editor, and member of the Warner Bros. animation post-production crew for nearly thirty years, will be at the Packard Campus for two special evenings to talk about and present classic Warner Bros. cartoons. Tonight’s program focuses on the “History of the Cartoon Characters,” including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner among others. Among the titles being shown are A Wild Hare, Fast and Furry-ous and Lovelorn Leghorn. Approximately 110 minutes.
Friday, May 20 (7:30 p.m.)
What’s Up Doc? – A close-up of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, Part 2 (Warner Bros., 1939-1957)
Cartoon historian Rick Gehr returns to present a second night of Warner Bros. animated shorts, this time examining the “History of the Cartoon Directors.” Favorite examples of the work of Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Robert McKimson and Chuck Jones will be shown. On the play list are the live action/animation classic You Ought To Be In Pictures featuring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig matching wits with producer Leon Schlesinger as himself, Thugs With Dirty Mugs, Feed the Kitty and What’s Opera, Doc? Approximately 110 minutes.
Saturday, May 21 (2 p.m.)
A Tribute to Dennis R. Atkinson
Many individuals have made generous donations of motion pictures to The Library of Congress throughout the years and tonight we honor one of those donors, Dennis R. Atkinson. Beginning in 1969, Mr. Atkinson has endowed the Library with more than 350 titles in both nitrate and safety film and in 35mm and 16mm formats. To this end, we celebrate Atkinson’s collection and enthusiasm, which continues unabated to this day with four rarely seen silent films that have been preserved by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab. They are the 1926 Action Pictures Western Twisted Triggers starring Wally Wales (aka Hal Taliaferro) and Jean Arthur and three comedy shorts: Starvation Blues (1925), Bungalow Love (1921), and Ko Koo Kids (1922). Silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis will be on hand to provide live musical accompaniment for the program. Approximately 110 minutes.
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.