Monday, October 18, 2010

NYC 10/30/10 Cartoon Carnival 7: Halloweenie!

The Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival 7: Halloweenie!

Picture this: you are a Runaway, cast into the belly of a dark forest, armed with little more than the clothes on your back. Sometimes, you have a friend with you - a trusty dog? - but company provides no consolation. Danger lurks around every turn; in the gnarled and spindly tree branches, the soft ground underfoot, even that seemingly inviting cabin at the edge of a clearing. Should you enter? After all, what’s the worst that could happen?

The whirl of the reel will drown your screams of terror when Tom Stathes, Master of the Millimeter, spins these spooky yarns of yore on 16mm!

Vaudeville Park and Cinebeasts bring you the first-ever two-part Cartoon Carnival! Bring the younger boys and “ghouls” to our matineé at 2pm, for flickering tricks and frightening treats! Stick around for the 7pm show when we unleash the truly macabre upon a captive, “boo”-ze infused audience! All films will be screened on vintage celluloid, hand-picked from Tom’s oceanic collection.

Program highlights include Willie Whopper in Hell’s Fire (Iwerks, 1934), Koko’s Haunted House (Fleischer, 1928), and the early Disney effort Alice’s Mysterious Mystery (Disney, 1926). Stick around for creepy cocktails, costume contests, and another famous raffle!

General Admission - $8
Kids 5 - 12 - $5
$1 off with any Halloween costume

General Admission - $8
$1 off with any Halloween costume

Vaudeville Park
26 Bushwick at Devoe (L train to Graham St / G to Lorimer)
Brooklyn, NY

Please check out our Facebook event page here and RSVP if you like:
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Spend Late October with Tom Stathes!

Saturday, October 23rd at 7pm
Silent Animation and Ragtime
Good friend, ragtime/stride pianist and animation historian/student friend Charlie Judkins is accompanying a selection of silent cartoons culled from my DVDs. This will take place at The Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave, in Brooklyn.
Event info here:

Friday, October 29th at 7:30pm
The Loose Caboose Halloween Show!
Ms. Tina Cione' and Shane Webb bring you a night of bumpin' and grindin' with comedic timin' at their vaudeville themed variety show.Every last Friday of the month The Bowery Poetry Club hosts un spectacle with vintage cartoons from Tom Stathes' Cartoons on Film, burlesque, comedie, music, and sideshow acts.Hosted by Juliet Jeske as Fraulein Shtup.
Event info here:

Sunday, October 31st at 2pm
MoMA: To Save and Project
Serge Bromberg Presents Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Grams and Ub Iwerks Cartoons
This is part of what I like to consider the Disney discovery of the century...close friend and colleague David Gerstein has discovered the last of the missing (and fabled 7th) Laugh o Gram cartoons done by Walt Disney; his first series of animated cartoons. I was very exhilarated to be present during much of the discovery process and an amply due acknowledgment goes to Cole Johnson for helping to start the whole process.
MoMA is screening two of these prints which were actually in their collections for decades but misidentified. They have now been preserved...come see them with us!!!
Event info here:

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Last year I was participating in a panel at the 2009 New York Comic Con about animation in New York. I put together a video montage of animation that was produced in NYC when it was still the film capitol and the stronghold before the west coast studios gained most of the industry's prominence.

I've now uploaded the video which can be viewed here:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

NYC 8/27/2010: Cartoon Carnival 6! Please Come!


August 27 at 7:00pm - August 28 at 12:00am

Attic Studios
11-05 44th road
Long Island City, NY

Cinebeasts, The Attic Studios and Cartoons On Film take great pride in announcing the Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival #6: TRAVELAFFS!

Just what are Travelaffs? We’ll call them those primitive belly laughs we’ve seen world-round by naughty children, gossipy coworkers, nozy neighbors or an folly-seekers. This time, the folly is on film, as NYC celluloid’s dean of 16, Tom Stathes, unleashes an epic maelstrom of classic - and controversial - cinema. This August, escape your summer into a macabre paradise of bizarre cartoons – we’re talking Terrytoons, Van Bueren Studios, Mutt & Jeff, Warners gems and more. On a celluloid flying carpet, transport yourself to faraway lands with further-away mores: taking you to the jungle, the big city, on the farm or in the desert, Tom will be projecting a strong 80+ minute battery of hand-doodles to drool over, all on celluloid as they were meant to be seen. It’s strong stuff.

This will be Tom’s biggest screening ever, located in the spacious (and air-conditioned!) Attic Studios in Long Island City, Queens – just a few minutes from Manhattan. It also promises a long-lost Max Fleischer (Popeye Meets Sinbad The Sailor, Out Of The Inkwell) Talkartoon which hasn't been publicly screened in decades — come see the premiere of a newly found print. It's Bimbo the Dog, with lots of great Al Eugster animation and a crazy Southern-style soundtrack. Further-to-the-more, there will be a bouncing-ball singalong number, abundant popcorn and a heavy dose of 1920s and 30s style attire!

The Attic Studios are located at 11-05 44th Road in Long Island City, Queens. For quick subway access, take the 7 train to Court Square or the G/M/E to 21st/Ely. Subway map below.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Brooklyn, NY: Cartoon Carnival #5 Rescheduled

Cinebeasts and Vaudeville Park are quaking with excitement to present The Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival for your viewing pleasure!

On Saturday, March 20th, the Cartoon Carnival will overrun Vaudeville Park for its fifth installment: a two-part program of hand-selected 16mm treasures abandoned by history and reactivated by whiz kid curator Stathes. Luddites, romantics, nostalgists, pop culture theorists, enemies of censorship, lovers, archivists, nerds, kids-at-heart, actual kids and armchair film historians are all welcome!

The lineup promises a mix of the bizarre, raunchy, and beloved: packed both with favorites and super-obscure characters and gags. The shorts range in vintage from the 1910s to the 60s, each one on the best possible print available. All cartoons fall within the public domain, but will be screened in stunning contrast to the pathetic discount DVDs and VHS tapes you see at garage sales and drugstores!

The evening also promises an OPEN BAR with custom cocktails, free popcorn, a bake sale to benefit Cinebeasts, and some classic 78rpms jazz records following the cartoons.

$6 at the door / OPEN BAR (with ID) / 7:30PM DOORS

Vaudeville Park (26 Bushwick Ave at Devoe, Williamsburg): L train to Graham / G to Lorimer

Please RSVP at our Facebook event page if you are registered on the site :-)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cartoon Carnival 5- cancelled and postponed

Unfortunately we've had to cancel-- for now. The update as emailed to guests of the event on FaceBook:

Dear Guests,

I'm sorry to report that for reasons outside of my control, this show will have to be cancelled. It seems as if it will be postponed until late March and you will all receive an invite to the new event. Again, with deepest regrets, we are

Tom Stathes and members of the Cartoon Carnival and Cinebeasts.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival 5: Feb. 27th, 2010


You're invited to the 5th installment of the Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival presented by Cinebeasts~ Come and see some classic cartoon characters you know and some ancient ones you've never heard of! This screening of rare 1910s-1930s animation is presented in 16mm with a projector--no digital aspect whatsoever enabling you to enjoy film as it was originally intended to be seen.

Also hear Charlie Judkins playing ragtime piano during intermission!

$6 at the door-
**OPEN BAR**(with ID)

@Vaudeville Park, 26 Bushwick Ave at Devoe in Williamsburg. "L train to Graham / G to Lorimer"
As usual, I'll be showing some old time favorites as well as hard-to-find silent animation.

You may RSVP on Facebook

And also join the Carnival's group on Facebook as well!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How NOT to write about film history...

...that is, consulting NO reference materials or expertise for accurate information! Read on for a good laugh at

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