Not Quite For Kids: A Music Box Matinee Series

Sat, Apr 15th, 2017 to Sun, Jun 25th, 2017

The Music Box explores the strange and wonderful space between saccharine kids classics and Oscar qualifying grown up pictures.

Movies & Showtimes for
Not Quite For Kids: A Music Box Matinee Series

Sat, Apr 15th
Forbidden Planet

11:30AM
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Sun, Apr 16th
Forbidden Planet

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Sat, Apr 22nd
The Point

11:30AM
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Sun, Apr 23rd
The Point

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Sat, May 6th
Alice in Wonderland (1933)

11:30AM
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Sun, May 7th
Alice in Wonderland (1933)

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Sat, May 20th
Watership Down

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Sun, May 21st
Watership Down

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Sat, May 27th
The Great Muppet Caper

11:30AM
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Sun, May 28th
The Great Muppet Caper

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Sat, Jun 17th
The Iron Giant

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Sun, Jun 18th
The Iron Giant

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Sat, Jun 24th
Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Alice in Wonderland (1933)

A FILM BY: Norman Z. McLeod
WRITTEN BY: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, William Cameron Menzies
STARRING: Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper, William Austin, Cary Grant

With an all star cast including Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields, and Edward Everett Horton as the Mad Hatter, this pre-Code adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books is still among the most bizarre and delightful versions of the story, far more twisted, terrifying, and hilarious than the 1951 Disney film. The sets and special effects by production designer William Cameron Menzies hold up incredibly well today, and Alice Lidell, the inspiration for Carroll’s original books, couldn’t have been more pleased with the production: “I am now convinced that only through the medium of the talking picture art could this delicious fantasy be faithfully interpreted… Alice represents a revolution in cinema history!”

35mm print from Universal

 

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1933
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 76 mins
Format: 35mm

Fantastic Mr. Fox

A FILM BY: Wes Anderson
WRITTEN BY: Roald Dahl (novel), Wes Anderson (screenplay)
STARRING: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Director Wes Anderson brings his inimitable style to the world of stop-motion animation. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, a brilliantly clever fox (George Clooney) aims to provide for his family by taking on the meanest farmers you'll ever know. Giving in to his animal instincts endangers not only his marriage but also the lives of his wife (Meryl Streep) family and their animal friends. When the farmers force Mr. Fox deep underground, he has to resort to his natural craftiness to rise above the opposition.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2009
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 mins
Format: 35mm

Forbidden Planet

A FILM BY: Fred McLeod Wilcox
WRITTEN BY: Cyril Hume
STARRING: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen

A rescue mission to a distant planet discovers the two survivors of a spaceship that crashed 20 years before on the Forbidden Planet. One of the stranded humans has deciphered the secrets of the planet's long-extinct inhabitants, and the technology that gave them the power to instantly destroy their civilization. Now, he refuses to share his knowledge, and one-by-one the rescuers begin to die. Loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, FORBIDDEN PLANET gained popularity as a children’s matinee when reissued in the early 70s in a version that cut out all the romance between Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis. Features the first ever screen appearance of Robbie the Robot!

35mm from Warner Brothers

 

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1956
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: 35mm

The Great Muppet Caper

A FILM BY: Jim Henson
WRITTEN BY: Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses
STARRING: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Kermit? What if we drift out to sea? What if we're never heard from again? What if there's a storm? Or - we get struck by lightning?” The Muppets are caught in the middle of a jewel heist in London, with Miss Piggy framed as the master thief, and it’s up to Kermit the Frog to bring the real culprits to justice. The only Muppet feature directed by creator Jim Henson, Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it “a combination of A.A. Milne, Busby Berkeley and a small bit of Blake Edwards.” Featuring cameo appearances by John Cleese, Peter Falk, Peter Ustinov, and Oscar the Grouch.

35mm print from Universal

Technical Information

Production Year: 1981
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins
Format: 35mm

The Iron Giant

A FILM BY: Brad Bird
WRITTEN BY: Tim McCanlies (screenplay), Brad Bird (screen story by)
STARRING: Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, John Mahoney

When an enormous metal giant appears in a small town in Maine, Hogarth Hughes befriends him, hiding him from federal agent megalomaniac Kent Mansley, who insists the giant was sent by the Russians. Set in the late 50s shortly after the launch of Sputnik and steeped in nuclear war paranoia, the film was the first directorial effort of long time Simpsons animator Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES) featuring a mix of hand drawn and computer animation. Based on the book The Iron Man by English poet and children's writer Ted Hughes (which he wrote as an answer to the suicide of his wife Sylvia Plath), THE IRON GIANT maintains much of the material's original melancholy, but is ultimately very hopeful. Per Roger Ebert: "And here is a family movie with a message: a Cold War parable in which the Iron Giant learns from a little boy that he is not doomed to be a weapon."

35mm print courtesy of Warner Brothers

Technical Information

Production Year: 1999
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: 35mm

The Point

A FILM BY: Fred Wolf
WRITTEN BY: Harry Nilsson (story), Carole Beers (story)
STARRING: Dustin Hoffman, Paul Frees, Lennie Weinrib

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Plus Carole King’s REALLY ROSIE (Maurice Sendak, 1975, 18 min) 16mm

Oblio is the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where everyone must have a point. Thrown into an existential crisis by lack of uniformity, the son of an evil Count banishes Oblio and his dog arrow to the Pointless forest. Written and produced as a companion piece to his 1971 album of the same name, Harry Nilsson’s THE POINT is a slightly Seussian, slightly psychedelic fable. Note: later versions of the film feature different narrators. This is an original print from the film's first release and features the Dustin Hoffman narration.

16mm print provided by Kier-La Janisse and the American Genre Film Archive

Technical Information

Production Year: 1971
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 74 mins
Format: 16mm

Watership Down

A FILM BY: Martin Rosen
WRITTEN BY: Richard Adams (novel), Martin Rosen
STARRING: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson

A very serious, violent, and heartbreaking movie about bunnies, WATERSHIP DOWN features the voice acting talents of the late, great John Hurt, who leads a pack of rabbit companions to a new home after he has an apocalyptic vision of their Warren being destroyed. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Richard Adams, the film’s beautiful handrawn animation had the unfortunate distinction of scaring the bejesus out of a generation of unsuspecting kindergarten aged moviegoers on its original release. Today, WATERSHIP DOWN is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil. 

35mm print from Janus Films

Technical Information

Production Year: 1978
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: 35mm

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