It’s been a bonus features sort of week here, working nearly around the clock.
As I’m gathering and compiling materials for bonus features on some of the new DVDs, I find that I’ve been thinking about some of the bonus features that were the most fun to put together on past DVDs. Doing bonus features has been an opportunity to do some things I always wanted to do, and one of them was to do a side-by-side comparison between a musical sequence in the Van Beuren cartoon Toy Time (1931) and Silvery Moon (1933).
The studio had some reuse of animation in both the silent and sound eras, especially in dances and perspective run cycles. I think this is the only sequence that reuses animation so extensively. They likely could have gotten away with a lot more reuse I think. I really enjoy this little happy sequence in both cartoons, and especially like the candy cane swallowed on Silvery Moon.
Both sequences use the same recording of The Siamese Patrol (Siamesische Wachtparade) by Paul Lincke, famous German composer, originally as a gift to the King of Thailand at the turn of the century.
Chris Buchman created many of the extensive bonus features on the Thunderbean Aesops Fables DVD, where this sequence is from. He found a recording from the turn of the century for the set. WIth a little digging you can find that version on the net as well.
Oh.. also, related to last week’s post, Horse Cops (1931, Van Beuren) seems to have been partially animated by Les Elton. Charlie Judkins put a decent copy of the film, and noted Elton’s touch. See for yourself, especially the second half, starting at about 3:00: