Spooky Celluloid

Sunday, October 27, 2013 • 12:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

Note: A general admission ticket does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. There is limited capacity for this program; seats are available on a first-come, first served-basis.

Accordionist Rob Reich plays along with classic animations to set the mood for Halloween mischief. Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, and other creepy characters appear on the screen in stories filled with fright as well as delight. Reich's instrumentation breathes new life into these early Hollywood films through a partially improvised soundtrack. All will be presented on 16mm film. Films include Felix the Cat Switches Witches (1927, 8 min.) by Pat Sullivan, Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party (1933, 7 min.) by Dave Fleischer, Bimbo's Initiation (1931, 7 min.) by Dave Fleischer, and Silly Symphonies Skeleton Dance (1929, 7 min.) by Ub Iwerks.