Tuesday night here was preparation time for a bunch of 35mm and 16mm film. The stack of stuff to scan was getting pretty big, so I was quite glad to be able to find some time before classes to get some of them ‘in the can’
When I arrived to scan early today, the first thing I saw was someone underneath the desk in the Telecine room, fiddling with the spaghetti of wires that run the system. After seeing that less-than reassuring sign, I was pretty convinced that nothing would be getting scanned, but, lucky enough, it was a minor problem, and we were off to scanning. The goal today was to put several more of the sets into the ‘complete’ scanning category.
Happily, the last film for the Fleischer Rarities set, the “Traveltoon”, The Vacationer’s Paradise looked like it would run pretty good on the scanner, after spending the last week getting wound backwards and forwards gently daily, getting a camphor treatment. Here are some stills from this Fleischer Studio-produced oddity. It must have been produced fast, because, in addition to the fairly simple animated segments, they managed to film few frames of a fly (see below). It will be heading to cleanup this week (fly included) with the whole Fleischer Rarities set coming together in the next week or so; our hope was to get replication back by late February, but realistically it may be early March.
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Jerry Beck interviewed Hal Seeger way back in Mindrot #19 (1980) – here is an excerpt from that interview where Seeger talks about making this film for the Miami chapter of B’nai Brith:
Today’s other sessions of transfers ranged from films for ‘Official’ Thunderbean sets to extras for the ‘special’ and bonus discs. A few ‘Cartoons to the Rescue’ toons were in the batch, completing that set, finally. ‘Soundies’ and ‘Award’ shorts were also in the batch. More will be happening this next Monday, completing scanning on several more projects.
One of the things a friend lent me was a print of Triple Trouble, a Fleischer ‘Sneak, Snoop and Snitch’ cartoon from May, 1941. It’s a short I had never seen before; I think these and the Stone Age series must be the least-seen of the Fleischer output.
The Animated Antics and Gabby series seem to struggle to figure out a format. This entry is no exception, but it’s interesting and entertaining just the same. In this film, “Sneak Snoop and Snitch” are jailed on the back end of the Liliput’s Castle complex as the film opens. They are granted a pardon near the beginning of the film, The Document ends up in the Snitch’s hands. As he reads it, “It’s a Hap Hap Happy Day” blares proudly on the soundtrack (to remind us this is a spin-off of Gulliver’s Travels) . He tries to inform his bigger cohorts (he can talk in full sentences here, unlike the feature).
Ignoring his attempts to inform them, they spend the rest of the cartoon breaking out of the prison, unaware they can just leave. The rest of the cartoon is, predictably, pretty standard, with the usual wasted effort idea at the end. It ends with a physical takedown of Snitch more worthy of a Three Stooges comedy than an animated short! This film features both some nice animation as well as some just passable shots. Shamus Culhane and Nick Tafuri receive screen credit. Pinto Colvig seems to do all the voices for everyone. There are some pretty unexplained story holes in the film, but if you are willing to ignore those, it’s fun viewing.
Funny enough, unlike most of the Fleischer black and white shorts from the era, this film looks like it was actually painted in color – although, of course, the Animated Antics were only released in Black and White. I could be wrong here, but the tones seem closer to a black and white print of a color cartoon.
So, if you’ve never seen this one, after watching, consider yourself more informed!
Have a good week everyone!