Friday, February 20, 2009

What If....?

In the heyday of going to the saturday movies, you used to get to see trailers, cartoons, a serial, sometimes a 'b' western, and then the feature. I just got in on the tail end of that era. But it was shear magic. In the small west texas town I was raised in, the Rose theatre had the Gandy's milk saturday movie. You could get in for, I think, a nickle and a Gandy's milk carton top. I remember going into the movies in the early morning and not getting out until late in the afternoon. What a wonderful experience. Especially since we lived 30 miles even from that little town. It was a special treat to get to go to the movies. Of course there was always TV, but with only getting two stations things were limited.
Remembering times like this and of course my love of serials, pulp, and cartoons (or animation) I am wondering why wasn't there a 'cartoon serial'? Maybe a five minute chapter a week that went on for maybe ten weeks - then the studio could string it together and have close to a 50 minute animated feature. Hell most 'b' westerns were only 50 minutes.
Something for Captain Spectre to look into.