George Pal - 10/11 & 10/12
Animator/writer/producer/director George Pal (1908-1980) was one of the most highly regarded, and honored, filmmakers working in the field of science fiction. He was nominated for Academy Awards® for seven consecutive years (1942-1948) in the category of Best Short Subject, Cartoon; and won an honorary Oscar® in 1944. Born György Pál Marczincsak in Hungary, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1939.
Pal's famous "Puppetoons" were puppet films using his own expressive form of stop-motion animation. TCM's commemoration of this influential artist includes the TCM premieres of two movies by Arnold Leibovit: the documentary The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985); and The Puppetoon Movie (1987), an animated film based on Pal's characters.
Focusing on Pal's influence as a producer and/or director of feature films, we are also screening several movies on which he worked in these capacities. The first night of our tribute includes Destination Moon (1950, producer); The Time Machine (1960, producer/director); Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961, producer/director); and The Power (1968, producer), while the second night includes Tom Thumb (1958, producer/director); The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962, producer/co-director); 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964, producer/director); and the TCM premiere of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975, producer).