Hot Film Events in Los Angeles from the Academy

The Marc Davis Celebration of Animation: Voices of Character

Thursday, August 19 – Voice artists, animators and casting executives discuss the unique talents of artists who perform the voices of animated characters. Guests include voice artists Jim Cummings, Susan Egan, June Foray, Yuri Lowenthal and Russi Taylor; animation director Bob Peterson, animator James Baxter; and casting executive Rick Dempsey. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Short Films Directed by Chuck Jones

Friday, August 20 – A special screening of all nine animated Oscar nominated and winning shorts directed by Chuck Jones: “For Scent-Imental Reasons,” “The Dot and the Line,” “Mouse Wreckers,” “Beep Prepared,” the documentary short “So Much for So Little” and four more classics. Hosted by Academy Governor Bill Kroyer with special guest panelists. There will be special late gallery hours from 6-7:30 p.m. and after the screening. Doors open 6:00 p.m.; Theater opens at 6:30 pm. Feature begins at 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side

Monday, August 23 – “Kiss of Death” Richard Widmark made a memorable screen debut as Tommy Udo, one of the all-time great villains of film noir, in this tense drama starring Victor Mature and Brian Donlevy, directed by Henry Hathaway from a screenplay by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer. Introduced by Eric Roth (“The Insider,” “Munich”). Preceded by “Duck Pimples,” a Walt Disney Donald Duck cartoon. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Pre-show begins at 7 p.m. Feature begins at 7:30 p.m.

In the Academy Galleries in Beverly Hills

Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

Final Weekend, Closes August 22 – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and many other iconic characters created or developed by OscarA-winning animator and humorist Chuck Jones (1912-2002) are showcased in the Academy’s summer exhibition. More than 150 drawings, storyboards, cels and dialogue sheets from Jones’s animated short films, features and television specials are featured, including, “Duck Amuck” and “What’s Opera, Doc?” Open through August 22 in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekends noon-6 p.m. Admission is free.

The Fantastical Worlds of Ray Harryhausen

Final Weekend, Closes August 22 – The legendary career of stop-motion and visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen is showcased in the Academy’s installation “The Fantastical Worlds of Ray Harryhausen.” The exhibition features original models, drawings, storyboards and behind-the-scenes photographs demonstrating the ingenious filmmaking process used by Harryhausen to create many of his iconic films including “It Came from beneath the Sea” (1955) and “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963). Open through August 22 in the Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekends noon-6 p.m. Admission is free.

Coming Attractions

Lost and Found “Upstream” (1927)

Wednesday, September 1 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater – John Ford’s “Upstream” (1927), thought lost for decades, will be re-premiered by the Academy. The film, one of 75 American films recently found in the New Zealand Film Archive, will be accompanied by a live trio with music composed by Michael Mortilla. The evening will also include a screening of an advertising trailer which contains the only known surviving footage of Ford’s film “Strong Boy” (1929). Doors open 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.


Samuel Goldwyn Theater

8949 Wilshire Blvd.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Academy Galleries

8949 Wilshire Boulevard

1st and 4th Floors

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For more information on the above events, call 310-247-3600.