Sunday, April 9, 2017

"Rare" animation shorts

TCM's prime time lineup for tonight is listed on the online schedule page as Rare Animation. It's a whole bunch of shorts, running from 8:00 PM until Silent Sunday Nights at 12:30 AM. Now, I've mentioned before that when TCM runs blocks of shorts, there's always a problem. The box guide has the shorts separately, and in a different order from the TCM schedule pages. As for the TCM schedules, they list a bunch of shorts all beginning at 8:00 PM, followed by further bunches at 9:00 PM, 10:15 PM, and 11:30 PM. So if you want to record one individual short, you're out of luck.

I also couldn't find anything on TCM's main site about whether this is hosted by Ben Mankiewicz alone, or whether he's interviewing somebody who's an expert in animation history and why these shorts are being singled out. So I had to go to the message boards, to see if somebody else was able to find it. It turns out that yes, they were. This is the page, which is apparently a night of animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada.

Silent Sunday Nights comes on at 12:30 AM with Fatty Arbuckle's 1921 feature Leap Year. Since it's in the public domain, you can find it on Youtube:

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