Instead of megaplexes showing the latest Disney or Pixar blockbusters, the 5th Annual Vintage Cartoon Festival offers an alternative to kids and adults who might enjoy watching films from the Golden Age of Animation, some with a naughty twist. Historian and author Jerry Beck shares historical background on each of the mostly black-and-white shorts from Disney, Paramount, MGM and Warner Bros., which were made before the Hays Code established censorship rules in Hollywood in the 1930s.
Considered slightly cringe-worthy now, these cartoons include bad language, scantily clad characters and even drug use. And they feature such early stars as Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, Flip the Frog, Felix the Cat (who first appeared 100 years ago), Tom and Jerry (the human versions, not the animals) and Oswald the Rabbit (one of Disney’s first creations). The screenings will be preceded by music played on the Old Town Music Hall’s Wurlitzer pipe organ, a sing-along and a comedy short.
Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., Aug. 16, 8:15 p.m., Sat., Aug. 17, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 18, 2:30 p.m.; $10, $8 seniors. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org.