A brief post today! It’s the last week of classes, so student work has been occupying a lot of time. I’m happy to have some time at night to help on a few projects, all coming together quite well. These are usually the busiest weeks of the year here, so I haven’t had a chance to touch the Cubby Bear project myself all week. Two other folks here are working on them, happily, and they’re looking very nice. We’ll be kicking that year out of here and off to mastering before too long, hopefully! A majority of the films are in final versions at this point. Flip is moving forward with another batch of film sitting here waiting for me to have time to get it to scanning.
So, this week’s films are for the animation fan who has seen everything, but not these!
Here are some interesting little ads produced by Marten Toonder’s animation studio. Toonder, a Dutch comic artist, was a former studio partner of Dutch animator Joop Geesink, who created the Stop Motion ‘Dollywood’ shorts, including ads for Phillips. One source claimed that 2d ads were produced by Geesink; if this is one of these, it’s odd that the studio name isn’t listed.
These two theatrical commercials, directed by Henk Kabos, were likely produced in the late 40s, judging by the design of the Radios. I think they’re both really interesting, lushly designed and fun. I especially like the surreal sequence in Dreamland. I hadn’t seen any animation produced by the Toonder Studio before; it turns out that the studio produced mostly stop-motion animation, but after a little digging it turns out that they produced at least a handful of cel animated shorts in the later 40s. I’d love to learn more about the studio and see more of their films.
These both are transferred from British 16mm Technicolor prints, so my guess is that these showed theatrically in the European markets. These prints are courtesy of Dennis Atkinson.
Have a good week everyone!