Turner Classic Movies gets animated this month with the addition of a classic toon block. Cartoon Alley will premiere at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 and will repeat at various times during the month. The block will include three classic cartoons with a similar theme. Host Ben Mankiewicz, the cable network’s weekend daytime host, will provide wrap-arounds, offering factoids about the particular cartoons and the genre in general.
Programming will be drawn from Turner Broadcasting’s library of more than 1,000 classic cartoons from MGM and Warner Bros. Many of the toons have rarely, if ever, been seen since their initial release.
Kicking off Cartoon Alley on Dec. 4 are three Christmas-themed shows–The Pups‚ Christmas (1936), directed by Rudolf Ising; Peace On Earth (1939), which was nominated for the 1939 Nobel Peace Prize as well as a Best Short Subject Oscar; and the Tom and Jerry short The Night Before Christmas (1941), which was also nominated for a Best Short Subject Oscar.
Turner Classic Movies is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a Time Warner company.