Ten of Walt Disney’s earliest films, all but the last (the 1928 Plane Crazy, Mickey Mouse’s debut) silent. Much of what’s interesting about these cartoons is how un-Disney-like most of them are. Newman’s Laugh-o-Grams (1921), his very first effort, offers a local (Kansas City) political cartoon and slightly lewd glimpses of ladies’ legs and torsos; the characters in Puss in Boots (1922) speak in comic-strip bubbles. The next five, all from 1925, feature a live-action little girl called Alice (played by Margie Gay or Virginia Davis) interacting with cartoon animals and (in one case) other live-action kids who look like Our Gang prototypes; in one of these (Alice the Jail Bird) she changes from a live-action Alice to a cartoon Alice while running through landscapes that evoke the Krazy Kat comic strip. There are also a couple of cartoons with Mickey Mouse’s major predecessor, an equally big-eared (but less well-to-do or reputable) rabbit called Oswald. The jokes may look feeble now, but as a glimpse into Disney’s origins—intimations of kiddie-porn and all—this is frequently fascinating. David Drazin will provide piano accompaniment.