Science Cafe Speaker: Kevin Sandler


Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Details

Science Cafe Speaker: Kevin Sandler

From Snow White to Huckleberry Hound: Animation’s Transition from Theaters to Television in the 1950s

Kevin Sandler
Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies Program, ASU

Friday, February 20, 6:00-7:00 pm at Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ

Sandler will explore how, until the late 1950s, reruns of old theatrical cartoons from studios like Terrytoons (Mighty Mouse Playhouse, Farmer Alfalfa), Walt Disney (Disneyland and The Mickey Mouse Club) and Warner Bros. (syndicated Looney Tunes and later The Bugs Bunny Show) dominated the television landscape alongside puppet shows, space patrols, and westerns.  Producing new animated shows was simply too expensive.  Nevertheless, networks and syndicators still attempted to use original animation to draw large family audiences in the after-school and evening hours.  A rich tapestry of animation--what is often referred to as the “golden age”--unwittingly followed with television shows like The Bullwinkle Show, Huckleberry Hound, and Beany and Cecil.