Summer is vanishing quickly here, and our road is absolutely beautiful with the leaves turning. I was thinking about putting a leaf in all the orders as they go out, but they’re not falling quite yet!
On the Thunderbean DVD front, Willie Whopper has been selling well, and every day a huge batch is going out.. thanks to everyone that has ordered. We’re getting them out the door as fast as we can the first day’s orders were more than we’ve ever had for any title. Snafu will be back before too long, and the little ‘Thunderbean Thursday’ set is almost ready as well- busy times here.
Last week’s post yielded a great list of animated films from the responses… if you haven’t already, it’s worth looking at people’s suggestions and links. I was entertained for a few hours, unwinding a few nights back.
If you didn’t see it already, I especially loved Steve Segal’s link to Midnight Dance (1996) by John McClosky:
For this week’s cartoon, I pulled something out of the possible ‘future’ pile at Thunderbean, and cobbled together a quick version for this week’s post. It’s Felix Dines and Pines (1927), an especially weird entry in the great silent Felix the Cat series, and qualifies very nicely as a ‘spooky’ cartoon.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Pat Sullivan Studio’s Felix cartoons, and have seen quite a few similar surreal sequences in them. They seem to be an sequences in some of the early Fleischer Talkartoons. Clever gags and a convoluted plot are usual elements of the Felixes, and this short is no exception. I especially like the fight between Skidoo and Felix in the middle of the picture (where Felix briefly loses his head), and Santa Claus turning into an especially ugly monster here, and of course the fun warped buildings.
We’ve transferred 3 prints of the film; an ‘ok’ dupe print from the 70s made by Thunderbird films, an original 1920s 16mm print suffering from ‘Vinegar’ syndrome, and an incomplete 35mm Nitrate print with two tinted sequences, lent by the wonderful folks at the Library of Congress. On good prints of these films, the ink work is especially nice to see… sometimes you can even see the erased pencil lines under the inks. If your computer is fast enough, make sure to watch in HD.
We may end up using the dupe for the first half rather than the current focused-challanged part here – and while it’s far from a ‘finished’ cleaned up version of the film, we hope you enjoy this ‘Spooky’ cartoon!
Here is a 1931 Felix the Cat comic strip, featuring a similar plot to Felix Dines and Pines. Courtesy of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, as featured on the Classic Felix the Cat page by David Gerstein
Have a good week everyone!