Tuesday, June 03, 2008

John and Faith Hubley at MoMA

Thanks to the folks at Cartoon Brew, I caught a John and Faith Hubley film festival at the Museum of Modern Art last night. This was accompanied by a small exhibit of paintings from their movie The Story of *.

I saw a few Hubley films when I was in college and loved them. Rather than trying to recreate the seamlessness of live action film, the Hubley'
s quirky movements are free and loose and comfortably fall in and out of abstraction.The half-dozen movies shown were good natured, poignant, funny, and beautifully, beautifully drawn. Truly, they were an experience that was only possible through animation -- these were not stories that could have been told in words, pictures, or music alone.

When I was a kid, I watched all the same cartoons as anyone in single digits throughout the 70s did, but the ones I still remember where the one-offs, not so much the regular series characters. Gerald McBoing Boing was a favorite, I vaguely remembered something called Rooty Toot Toot, which, much later in life, I realized came from the song "Frankie and Johnny," and a bunch of others that I have partial memories of. Tonight, while poking around Youtube, I was only half surprised to see the Hubleys' name attached to many of these films.


Below is The Tender Game, my favorite from tonight's screening. Hubleys + Ella Fitzgerald = much to love. Sadly, this version literally pales in comparison to the beautifully restored version at MoMA.


And, since we were near the Warwick Hotel, here's a little Dean Cornwell bonus:

8 comments:

=shane white= said...

Ahhh this was a highlight of my trip to New York in February of last year...the Cornwell mural.

The dining room was closed but I pleaded that I came all the way from Seattle to see it.

The only other thing that topped it off was the Sorolla paintings at the Harlem Spanish Museum...oh lordy...some gorgeous gigantic work!

=s=

Irene Gallo said...

I can;t believe I have never made it up to see those Sorolla murals - I;ve heard so many people rave about them. I'll need to get myself there in the next few weeks. Thanks for the kick in the butt.

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