Gertie The Dinosaur (1914)
Gertie The Dinosaur (1914)

Turner Classic Movies is going Back To The Drawing Board on Monday night October 6th. For only the second time in two years, the network will devote over six hours of prime-time programming to classic, historically-rare animated shorts and feature films. 

This very special evening of programming features 28 cartoon shorts grouped by respective creators/studios as shown below in boldface, plus four feature-length animated classics. All but one of the shorts are TCM premieres. The evening begins at 8pm (EST)/5pm (PST).

The pioneering American cartoonist/ animator WINSOR McCAY, beloved for his creation of comic-strip characters and cartoon films, was a great influence in animation, setting a high standard for Disney artists and others who followed. Ten McCay shorts will be shown including Little Nemo (1911), Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), How A Mosquito Operates (1912), The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918), The Flying House (1921) and Gertie On Tour (1921).

This section of programming is co-hosted by animator/historian/author John Canemaker.

Robert Osborne with co-host John Canemaker discussing the films of Winsor McCay
Turner Classic Movies Robert Osborne with co-host John Canemaker discussing the films of Winsor McCay

Bray Studios was founded 100 years ago to become one of the first studios entirely devoted to animation. Studio founder J.R. Bray had produced his first cartoon short, The Artist's Dream. in 1913 and soon was distributing his films through Pathe, Paramount and Goldwyn Pictures, working with such artists and directors as Earl Hurd, Paul Terry and Max Fleischer. Drawn from Bray's popular cartoon series are such entries as Farmer Al Falfa Sees New York (1916), Bobby Bumps' Pup Gets the Flea-Enza (1919), Colonel Heeza Liar, Detective (1923) and Dinky Doodle in Lost and Found (1926) 

Animation curator/collector Thomas Stathes co-hosts.

Dinky Doodle

VAN BEUREN STUDIOS began in 1920 as the "Aesop's Fables StUdio," founded by Amedee Van Beuren and Paul Terry, coming into its own in 1929 and releasing its cartoons through RKO Studios. Along with animated shorts, the studio's output included live-action films. TCM screenings will include The Fly's Bride (1929), an "Aesop's Fable"; A Swiss Trick (1931), featuring Tom and Jerry (not to be confused with MGM's famous cat-and-mouse team); Pastrytown Wedding (1934), The Sunshine Makers (1935) and Ted Eshbaugh's early Technicolor animated version of The Wizard of Oz (1933). 

Animator/director/historian Steve Stanchfield co-hosts.

A scene from Ted Eshbaugh's Technicolor "The Wizard Of Oz" (1933)
Thunderbean Animation A scene from Ted Eshbaugh's Technicolor "The Wizard Of Oz" (1933)

From 12:15am (EST)/9:15pm (PST) animated feature films - Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927), Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (1939), Toei Animation's Magic Boy (1959) and Chuck Jones The Phantom Tollbooth (1969) - fill out the schedule.