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Academy Goes Looney for Toons in NYC


One dozen cartoons, including “Porky’s Duck Hunt” (1937), “Heckling Hare” (1941) and “What’s Opera, Doc?” (1957), will screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Monday Nights with Oscar®” presentation of “Putting Looney in the Toons,” on Monday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City.

Academy Award®-winning animator John Canemaker (“The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation”) will host the double centennial tribute to Tex Avery and Michael Maltese, the Warner Bros. collaborators who brought several beloved Looney Tunes characters to life.

“Putting Looney in the Toons” will return to the big screen some of the short cartoons Avery and Maltese worked on together as well as selected highlights from their prolific individual careers in animated theatrical films.

Avery and Maltese, both born in 1908, first crossed professional paths at the Warner Bros. animation studio back when it was Leon Schlesinger Productions. Avery’s directorial approach to animation was to celebrate the medium’s unique energy and limitless possibilities at a time when Disney animation was striving for increased pictorial realism. Maltese, who wrote dozens of animated shorts over the course of his career, was perfectly suited to incorporating Avery’s madcap style into the evolving stable of Warner Bros. characters, which included Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd.

Tickets for “Putting the Looney in the Toons” in NYC are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased in person on the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.


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