Cartoons in Space - Intergalactic Animation - Thur. Dec. 4th - 8PM

Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter bring you Cartoons in Space: Intergalactic Animation, a program of international Space Age animated shorts about rockets, planets, aliens and more outer space fun.   As the 1950s ushered in the Space Age, the international imagination was seized by space-fever as man made his first attempts to blast out of this atmosphere and into the vast universe beyond.  The animation world was no exception and began producing some of the most imaginative interpretations of the present and future of interplanetary travel.  Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian square off over Planet X in the hilarious classic Chuck Jones cartoon Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1952).  From the acclaimed Zagreb Films and Oscar-winner Dusan Vukotic comes the utterly charming tale of a little nerdy girl, her homemade rocket and a terrifying alien beast in The Cow on the Moon (1958). With two from Czech animation giant Kratky Film Praha; Frantisek Vystreil's Kosmodrome 1999 (1967) imagines a 1999 of zippy interstellar travel and Zdenek Miler's Mole and the Rocket (1965), features the little mole in a journey from the bottom of the ocean to the stars above. Everyone's favorite clay toy-boy Gumby runs away from home and blasts off to The Small Planets (1957) only to discover a bunch of bratty kids. Even the insurance industry goes spacy with a little green alien in the super-rare promotional film Man from A.U.N.T.I.E. (1967).  Scientists study the foliage of a mystery planet to try and solve Earth's hunger problem in the Eastern European stop-motion puppet animation Journey to a Star: A Science Fantasy (1969).  Science mixes with imagination in Beyond the Stars: a Space Story (1981). With the opening credits for Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space (1972, courtesy of the Jenni Olson Queer Archive), and a visit from Space Angel (1963) the outer space answer to Speed Racer, using human mouths for dialogue, and more spacy surprises, get ready to blast off into the outer reaches of space and the imagination!  

Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to or (415) 558-8117

Highlights Include:

Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (Color, 1952, Chuck Jones)
An all-star classic from the legendary Chuck Jones in stunning Technicolor. Daffy Duck stars as space hero Duck Dodgers, Porky Pig as his assistant, and Marvin the Martian as his opponent. Duck Dodgers must search for a rare element, called Illudium Pohsdex (aka The Shaving Cream Atom), which can be obtained in the mysterious “Planet X.” Duck Dodgers is about to claim Planet X in the name of Earth, when it turns out that Marvin the Martian has also landed on the same planet. Duck Dodgers and the Martian battle it out, using various instruments of mass destruction-- after all of the explosion, there is no planet to claim. Duck Dodgers, Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian are left dangling from what is left  of Planet X.

The Cow on the Moon (Color, 1958, Dusan Vukotic)
Another stunning charmer from Dusan Vukotic.  A little nerdy girl is trying to build a rocket to the moon when the town bully decides to trash her model.  She sees the opportunity to trick the dim-witted boy and pretends to send him to the moon where he encounters some strange "alien" beings.  From Zagreb Films.

Kosmodrome 1999 (Color, 1969, by Frantisek Vystreil)
The year is 1999. Interstellar travel is so commonplace; hordes of commuters shuttle about on rockets as casually as they commute from SF to LA today. Our hero misses his flight, however and his zany adventures with the Rube Goldberg-like rocket he tries to enlist results in bizarre and weirdly animated adventures. Brilliant animation and zany, electronic sounds! Produced by the famed Kratky Film Company in Prague.

Gumby in The Small Planets (B+W, 1957, Art Clokey)
Everyone's favorite shapeshifting clay buddy, Gumby and his pony pal Pokey run away and blast off in a rocket to find a planet to call their own.  After landing on a series of planets they find a parade of cranky kids that have also runaway, claiming the planets for themselves.  Maybe Gumby and Pokey will learn there's no place like Earth.

The Mole and The Rocket (Color, 1965, Zdenek Miler)
Czechoslovakian animation master Zdenek Miler made his delightful Mole cartoons for over twenty years, and they are as enchanting as ever. The little mole is carried by a rocket to a deserted island in the middle of the ocean. Things look grim until all the adorable sea creatures pitch in to help repair the ruined rocket and go off in it with the mole. Soundtrack by the Czech Symphony Orchestra. 

Beyond the Stars: A Space Story (Color, 1981, Irra and Don Duga) 
Based on a children’s book by Karla Kuskin and animated by Irra and Don Duga, this short film is haunting and delightful. A boy wonders about the planets out in space and as we learn about our solar system, we learn a bit more than we bargained for. It mixes science and imagination in impressionistic and innovative way. Acclaimed animators Irra and Don Duga continue to be responsible for many such visual fables including recent films including: Goodnight Gorilla (2008), Owen (1995), The Island of Skog (2000), and Chicken Little (1998).
Space Angel (Color, 1963)
An episode of an animated science fiction program using limited animation similar to Speed Racer. Real human mouths are used for speaking! Space Angel battles it out as a sci-fi roman gladiator in a space coliseum. See rocket fire, space crafts, a cult hero, and space battle!

Curator’s Biography
Kat Shuchter is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Film Studies. She is a filmmaker, artist and esoteric film hoarder.  She has helped program shows at the PFA, The Nuart and Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater and was crowned “Found Footage Queen” of Los Angeles, 2009. She has programmed over 100 shows at Oddball on everything from puberty primers to experimental animation.

About Oddball Films
Oddball films is the film component of Oddball Film+Video, a stock footage company providing offbeat and unusual film footage for feature films like Milk, documentaries like The Summer of Love, television programs like Mythbusters, clips for Boing Boing and web projects around the world.
Our films are almost exclusively drawn from our collection of over 50,000 16mm prints of animation, commercials, educational films, feature films, movie trailers, medical, industrial military, news out-takes and every genre in between. We’re actively working to present rarely screened genres of cinema as well as avant-garde and ethno-cultural documentaries, which expand the boundaries of cinema. Oddball Films is the largest film archive in Northern California and one of the most unusual private collections in the US. We invite you to join us in our weekly offerings of offbeat cinema.