Oasis

Oasis 2013

George is on his way home after a stint in the mines. In his possession is the reward for his hard work: a rare and precious blue diamond. While seeking respite from the mid-day heat, he chances upon a strange creature which turns out to be much more than just a petty thief.

Abigail

Abigail 2005

As the gap between a burning airplane and the ground gets smaller, one passenger has other things on his mind!

Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales

Angelina Ballerina: Twirling Tales 2013

Angelina and her friends stay on their toes in these twirling, whirling tales of friendship and fun! There are sweet surprises in store when Angelina and her friends must "dance like a cake" for Vicky's cake-themed dance day.

Angelina Ballerina : On With the Show

Angelina Ballerina : On With the Show 2014

The stage is set with bright lights for big performances and lots of fun! When Ms. Mimi loses her voice, her class finds ways to communicate through music. After a musical mishap, AZ doesn't miss a beat and discovers another way to keep tempo.

Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish!

Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish! 2010

A little girl is at a toy giveaway. Santa is having all the kids sit on his lap and then hands each a toy. The little girl is really interested in joining in--the trouble is, she's Jewish. Her mother encourages her to not worry and just pretend she's not Jewish. How will all this work out in the end?

The Bear Dodger

The Bear Dodger 1948

Created by Noburo Ofuji, who had been cartoon making since the 1920s, often with decorative paper cutouts. The character animation looks like it was done 15 years before, but a lot of the elements are highly original; design (those trees!), use of camera focus. Heavily musical in a manner that recalls animation's earliest use of sound. The lesson here is: "If you can't count on your friends, travel alone".

Ants in Your Pantry

Ants in Your Pantry 1945

This one has lots of what Terrytoons are notorious for: cycles! And cycles of the commonest kind: ants harvesting and a baby factory! It also has a voluptuous Queen Ant and a sweetly delivered punchline which may make it worth your trouble. Withheld from television release; presumably because it leaves too many "birds-and-bees" questions unanswered for tiny tots (and their beleaguered parents).

Baby Kangaroo's Birthday Surprise

Baby Kangaroo's Birthday Surprise 1941

Unique; one of the only Japanese cartoons that fully employs the physics of US animation (squash & stretch, follow-thru, weight variation, distortion). A silent print of what probably originated as a film with sound.

G-Man Jitters

G-Man Jitters 1939

Gandy reads a book about detectives and decides he should become one. He wears a Sherlock Holmes-style cap and uses a magnifying glass, but he encounters movie monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula out in the woods.

The Sailor's Home

The Sailor's Home 1936

A sailor's whimsical remembrance of his mermaid wife. Told with charm. Includes an incongruous riff from Disney's MUSIC LAND. Some animators: Milton Stein, Eddie Donnelly, John Foster, "Connie" Rasinski, Jerry Shields.

Merry Dog

Merry Dog 1933

During the worst year of the Great Depression, Pooch the Pup enlisted Santa and a toy-soldier army to serve up the Big Bad Wolf some holiday payback.

Beanstalk Jack

Beanstalk Jack 1933

Fairy Tale rehash in which Jack encounters a gang of pseudo-jazz skeletons (animated by Eddie Donnelly). The pre-sound stylings of Frank Moser & Jerry Shields highly contrasts with Bill Tytla's advanced, otherworldly Giant.

Farmer Al Falfa's Ape Girl

Farmer Al Falfa's Ape Girl 1932

The Farmer is abducted by a capering Jungle Goddess. As pre-Code as a Terrytoon ever got. Most animation is by Frank Moser; with him are Art Babbitt, Jerry Shields, Bill Tytla and others.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island 1996

Hoist anchor, maties! And set a course for the grandest pirate yarn ever to shiver your timbers in this thrillingly animated, song- and –laughter filled version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure classic!