Friday, December 22, 2006

Cartoons At The Bijou

Who can resist a great cartoon? Whether crafted to be hysterically funny or charming cinematic poetry - the cartoon is a unique art form. American cartoonists were at their creative zenith during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and Matinee at the Bijou is dedicated to bringing back the matinee movie-going experiences of those bygone days.

Bijou Bob and the crew are currently screening and considering many hours of animated gems for inclusion in the sequel series. Savvy fans of the original series know that due to budget constraints, all of the cartoons, shorts, serials and features had to be public domain. The sequel series has a serious budget that permits licensing many of our films from the major studios, as well as independent and private collections. Which means you’ll be able to see some of the best cartoons ever made, and in HD.

Of course, Matinee at the Bijou will continue to feature a selection of rare and rarely seen public domain cartoons. But these will be limited to such classic toons as POOR CINDERELLA, starring Bijou Bob’s favorite vamp, Betty Boop. This is the only Betty Boop cartoon produced in color (the Cinecolor process).

Also new and different with the sequel series, is that fans - as well as the newly initiated - will have the opportunity to contribute to the programming process. When it comes to the cartoons we’ll be showing, Bijou Bob wants to know what *you* want to see. In the weeks and months ahead we will be seeking your participation in the selection process. Tell us about some of your favorite cartoons, cartoon characters, and cartoon directors - Tex Avery or Bob Clampett, for example - and we’ll be listening. Meanwhile, Bijou Bob will soon be posting clips from the sequel series on YouTube as well. So be sure to watch for them in the new year.

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