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Animotion

Old-time cartoons are revived in one-night-only screening.

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Animation runs through Dave Fleischer's veins. He's a digital-arts professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, he's the nephew of legendary cartoonists Dave and Max Fleischer, and he's the host of tonight's Lesser-Known Masterpieces of Animation. The program will feature several animated short films made between 1912 and 1980. The oldest will be the classic Revenge of the Kinematograph Cameraman by Russian-born filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz. It's followed by Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur, which was made in 1914 and is the first cartoon ever to feature an animal. Fleischer will also show Sally Cruikshank's 1976 cartoon Quasi at the Quackadero, about a duck at the carnival. He'll even unspool his uncles' Bimbo's Initiation, about a dog that's lured into an underground secret society by Betty Boop in disguise. The screening starts at 7 tonight at the Cleveland Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard. Admission is $10. Call 216-421-7450 or visit www.cia.edu.
Mon., Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 2007

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