A short blog post this week, but I’ll make up for it with next week’s entry – really!
These last handful of months have been easily the busiest days I’ve had in many years – nearly going around the clock between one project or another and teaching. I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with this, especially those that
work in animation or demanding job. I feel for you!! After this month I’m looking forward to being in better touch with, well, everyone. I’ve learned a lot about both the beauty of BluRay, and the shame of prints that just can’t
look quite good enough to look nice in the format. Somehow16mm film is more forgiving when projected.
One of these days I hope to write a sort of simple ‘how to’ suggestions on producing DVDs and BluRays. Learning each new piece is sort of like learning to repair a car on your own. I wish I had a couple more mechanics around at times!
I had hoped for an announcement today about one of the new Thunderbean titles, but it’s not back yet from the replicator – so, it will have to wait until next week. In the meantime, it’s a waiting game here for some things to come back, while other titles are still in progress.
Instead, here is another rarity – An Egyptian Gyp, from 1929, produced by Leo Britton and George Jeffry. The drawing style is fun, and clearly the makers have animation experience. While I doubt this one is on the ‘Holy Grail’ list of rare cartoons, it’s yet another interesting footnote of a small producer trying out an idea- with color and sound no less. I won this print on Ebay years ago, alongside the print of Fleischer’s Modeling. A series of six of these appear to have been made, as indicated by this ad posted on the great Tralfaz blog back in April. Another great example of the small cartoon community helping to bridge the less known history:
I think the technique is interesting, but considering it’s from the late 20s, I think it’s clear that the audiences were used to a fuller animation approach. This film appear to have been distributed at least.
The notes seem to indicate that Brewster Color was to be used for these, thought at least this particular print is really only tinted black and white (with an Kodak stock date of 1929). The nitrate print was pretty beat up and shrunk. I haven’t edited together the pieces that ‘flip’ in this transfer yet, but at some point I’ll have a little better version. I wonder what animators worked on this and the other little films. I also have to wonder how complete this print it is as well since it runs quite short. So far searches at archives have not yielded any further copies, and I haven’t encountered anyone that seems to have any of the others in a private collection. So, cartoon researchers…any other thoughts or information on these films?
NOTE: Print below is silent..