Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I was wondering when it would show up

This being February, TCM is running the annual 31 Days of Oscar. Not only are all of the feature films Oscar-nominated, so are the shorts (well, there are a few that are about the Oscars themselves). And with that in mind, I always wait for certain shorts to show up on the February schedule, since there's a fairly limited number of shorts TCM can run during the 31 Days if they want to restrict themselves to Oscar-nominated shorts. Especially since they no longer have the rights to the MGM and Warner Bros. animation.

I was surprised on the several occasions I looked at the weekly schedule for the upcoming shorts -- I only need to look two or three times a week since the shorts are usually scheduled at least a couple of days in advance -- not to see perennial 31 Days of Oscar short Stop, Look, and Listen which, as you can see, I blogged about during 31 Days of Oscar back in 2010. Well, it's on the schedule now, airing this evening at around 7:43 PM, or just after Grand Prix (4:45 PM, 176 min). If you haven't seen it before, I strongly recommend it.

Other shorts airing in the next day or so:

The Battle of Gettysburg, early tomorrow morning at 4:30 AM. As you can guess, this half-hour short is about, well, the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle in the US Civil War.

Stairway to Light, tomorrow afternoon at 12:17 PM. This is an entry in the Passing Parade series, looking at late 18th century doctor Philippe Pinel, who was one of the pioneers in the treatment of the mentally ill.

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