This Town Has Gone to the Bugs! Join Hoppity & Friends for a Fun-Filled Adventure from the Brothers Fleischer

The Patio Theater – 6008 W Irving Park Road – $5.00 per ticket
For the full schedule of classic film screenings at the Patio, please click here.

07B MR BUGWednesday, October 9 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Dave Fleischer • 1941
Deep in the heart of New York City, a tiny town of adorable bugs is threatened by the impending construction of a skyscraper—and it’s up to a friendly grasshopper to relocate Bug Town to greener pastures. Things work out for Hoppity and friends, but 1941 wasn’t a very good year for Fleischer Studios: production on Mr. Bug Goes to Town began before their first weird and wonderful animated feature Gulliver’s Travels was released, and the Fleischers ran out of money about halfway in. Paramount bought the studio and funded the rest of the feature, but Max and Dave were forced to quit when the film tanked at the box office. (It didn’t help that the movie was released two days before Pearl Harbor). As his girlfriend Honey would say: “Oh Hoppity, you make everything so complicated!” (This after Mr. Bug accidentally blows up part of Bug Town by trying to extinguish a cigar with gasoline.) Financial disasters aside, Mr. Bug Goes to Town is as worthy of the animation canon as any of Disney’s best films, and the Fleischer’s strange signature rotoscoped humans and backgrounds are eerily compelling. (JA)
78 min • Fleischer Studios • 35mm from Paramount

Before the show, join us for an hour of hands-on fun with live bugs presented by scientist Jim Louderman and interactive exhibits about the secret lives of insects from the Harris Learning Collection at the Field Museum!


Too much fun for you? Rest up and come back next week for …

08A LONELYWednesday, October 16 @ 7:30pm
Directed by David Miller • 1962
Shortly after Kirk Douglas broke the Blacklist by insisting screenwriter Dalton Trumbo be given screen credit on Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, the two Hollywood legends made a film that deals as much with America’s twisted and constantly changing cultural landscape as it does the spiritual decline of the West. Adapted from Edward Abbey’s 1956 novel The Brave Cowboy, the film follows Douglas on the run from the law after a failed jailbreak, eventually pitting him against Walter Matthau and a menacing helicopter. While early-sixties contemporaries like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Ride the High Country give their aging stars a quiet dignity, Lonely are the Brave is explosive and desperate, slamming cowboy fables onto the hard pavement of modern civilization. Known as Douglas’s favorite film, Lonely wears its heart on its sleeve and is all the better for it. With Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy, and Jerry Goldsmith’s first major score. (JA)
107 min • Universal Pictures • 35mm from Universal

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