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F@#K Mickey Mouse NYC 1997


Disney Gets Dissed
At Cinema Village, irreverent & racist spoofs slip a Mickey to Walt’s wonderful world of animation
by Lewis Beale
Daily News Staff Writer
correct and totally out of control. Not to mention screamingly funny. That’s the best way to describe a cartoon series opening tonight at Cinema Village.
Titled “Screw the Mouse: Rip-Offs, Parodies and Deviant Versions of Disney
Cartoons and Characters,” the series
features a number of cartoon shorts that satirize hallowed Disney characters, themes and plotlines.
“These hark back to an era when the rival cartoon production studios were a lot more fun,” says Ed Arentz, programer for Cinema Village. “Studios like Warner
Bros. felt they had a license to mock,
mimic and parody Disney, something you
don’t see in today’s corporate climate. It
harks back to a period when animated
shorts were being done for an adult audience as well as children.”
Like in “Corny Concerto” (1943), where a bumbling Elmer Fudd stands in for Leopold Stokowski in a sendup of “Fantasia ” Or “Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs” (1943), a tasteless, racist and absolutely fascinating parody of Disney’s “Snow White.”
“[In the era of cartoon shorts], you had
a more auteur-driven environment,” says
Arentz. “These guys were allowed to do
what they wanted. That’s not the case now — the animator’s not given the free hand, and some of the anarchic spirit is gone.”
Tonight’s program, which runs through
Jan. 9, comes from the collection of Dennis Nyback, a local collector who once ran the Lighthouse Cinema on the lower East Side. Other esoteric gems from Nyback’s collection form the basis of a seven-week series featuring American jazz stars in short films that are no longer shown due to their racist content, clips and shorts with cross-dressing stars, wacko educational films from the 1950s and other weird stuff.
The material is interesting as much for
its strangeness as its now-forbidden na-
ture. But despite the repugnant content
of some of the films, Arentz says they have educational value.
“Racist sentiments and characters are
interesting as a period piece,” he says,
“and as a way of making it very obvious
that these attitudes were very prevalent. I
don’t think anyone today will be offended
by them. They’ll just see them as part of a
pop culture that has largely vanished.”“Screw the Mouse” shows tonight
through Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St. Admission zs $8, $4 for seniors. The series of films from Dennis Nyback’s archive run every Wed. at 9:30, Jan 15-Feb. 19. For further information, call (212) 924-3363.