An Animated Academy Salute to UPA

Beverly Hills, CA (December 4, 2009) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Monday Nights with Oscar®” series will present eight rarely seen United Productions of America (UPA) shorts, including Academy Award®¬†winners “Gerald McBoing-Boing” (1950) and “Mister Magoo’s Puddle Jumper” (1956) on Monday, December 14, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The program has been selected by and will be hosted by Oscar-winning animator, animation historian and author John Canemaker.

UPA was one of the most influential Hollywood studios in animation history, one whose impact is still felt in the eclectic styles of today’s animation. During its heyday in the 1950s, UPA’s modernist graphic design and experimental techniques moved cartoon films worldwide away from the Disney studio’s “illusion of life” representational imagery.

The program will include newly struck 35mm prints from the Academy Film Archive, screened with permission from Sony Pictures.

Tickets for “An Animated Academy Salute to UPA” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the Web site). Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability). All seating is unreserved.

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Teni Melidonian
tmelidonian@oscars.org
Harvey Bolgla
hbolgla@dba-pr.com
Sara Trujillo
strujillo@dba-pr.com