The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will present a special retrospective of the works of Oscar-winning animator and maverick cartoonist Gene Deitch on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and will feature an in-person appearance by Deitch, who will sit down for a discussion following the films.
Deitch, who received the coveted Winsor McCay award at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 31st annual Annie Awards on Saturday, is a veteran animation director who has spent most of his career creating Western-style cartoons from his studio in Prague. His innovative approach to animation has won him awards and admiration since his earliest work for UPA in the 1950s. He revitalized the CBS-Terrytoons studio of the 1950s by enlisting such talents as Ernest Pintoff, R.O. Blechman and Jules Feiffer, and creating such neurotic anti-heroes as Tom Teriffic, Sidney and Flebus. Moving to the Czech Republic in late 1950s, Deitch produced numerous theatrical and television shorts, including his Oscar-winning film Munro (1960), and dozens of children’s book adaptations including the works of Maurice Sendak and William Steig.
The program includes a wide range of his animated films and the world premiere of new shorts from stories by Jules Feiffer–Bark, George (a collaboration with Feiffer) and I Lost My Bear.