Margo Burns presents From Mickey to Magoo: The Golden Age of American Animation. Between the 1920s to the 1960s, adult American theatergoers could anticipate a cartoon before each feature film. From Mickey Mouse to Donald Duck, Popeye, Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tom and Jerry, Mighty Mouse, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Mr. Magoo. Margo Burns offers an introduction to the people and studios that made these films and the changing technology, aesthetics, music, politics, and economics behind them, showing stills, characters, and clips from many of these beautifully hand-drawn films. At the end of the program, participants are treated to one of the classics in its entirety.
Margo Burns is a seventh-generation New Hampshire native, with two master’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire. She currently lives in Manchester and works at St. Paul’s School in Concord, as the Director of The Language Center, where she is also the adviser to a student club, the International Lunchtime Animation Festival (iLAF). She studied animation at Rhode Island School of Design and has been a Project Leader at the University of New Hampshire’s summer Tech Camp in Durham since 2001, guiding groups of middle and high school students to create original short computer-animated films.