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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

LACMA Celebrates Paramount Annimation

Once again Film Independent is offering a unique classic movie experience at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Tonight, Thursday, April 26 at 7:30PM come and join other animation fans for a screening of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut followed by a group of animated short classics from Paramount Studios’ golden era. The cartoon shorts include a Fleischer Studios’ Betty Boop, a George Pal Puppetoon and an Oscar-winning piece by John and Faith Hubley.

If you’re a classic film fan and you’re not familiar with the Film Independent at LACMA then you really should be. It’s a film series produced by Film Independent (they produce the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival), in collaboration with The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Film critic and historian Elvis Mitchell curates this program that offers classic as well as contemporary films, international showcases, and conversations with artists, curators and special guests and so much more.

Tonight’s program is a part of an ongoing monthly focus on 100 Years of Paramount Pictures. The April edition of the celebration of the Paramount Pictures archives focuses on the studio’s landmark collection of animation. You may not realize it, but the South Park feature-length film was actually Oscar-nominated back in 1999. It may not be considered officially a classic as of yet, but it certainly was groundbreaking. This special screening will be followed at 9:00PM with the classic animated shorts.

As always the LACMA offers a great deal for a small price. General admission is just $10 for both programs, and a paltry $5 if you only want to see the cartoons. Discounts apply to LACMA members, seniors (62+) and students with valid ID. To purchase tickets you can call (323) 857-6010 or visit and stay up on everything the LACMA has to offer. The site covers everything happening at the museum from the latest installations to the ongoing film series in the Bing Theatre - truly a must bookmark site for the classic movie and animation fan.

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