This is a simple one this week since time has been crunched. I’ve been working on organizing things over here, and attempting to get all sorts of things either back to people, send something promised, or organize so I can find things to do any of those things. I can see the light at the proverbial end of the tunnel right now on many fronts, and am looking forward to having less stuff going on and concentrating on just a few things at a time. First world problems that I don’t deserve to complain about!
On the Thunderbean front: Flip the Frog is humming right along, as are some of the smaller and ‘special’ sets. I edited together finals on six more of the shorts in the last week, and they look outstanding; I’m so happy there is such good material on a majority of the shorts. Fleischer Rarities is basically done and getting ready for mastering save a few bonus features. ‘Explorers of the World’, a 1931 Documentary, was finished early this week, with its handful of pre-orders in the process of being finished. I’m working this week on the Blu-ray version of ’Grotesqueries’ produced in coordination with the Blue Mouse Studios. Chances are it will be ready for an early October release. A new volume of ‘Cultoons’ is in the works as well. Some of the other ‘special’ stuff is getting finished as well, and I’m excited to help some of my good friends bring other projects to mastering.
As I was looking through archives here looking for Little King original title scans, came across some older standard definition transfers, and one of them was a transfer of an old IB technicolor 16mm print of Nonsense Newsreel, a 1954 Terrytoon.
In watching this short again, it is, as expected, a bit of a ‘cheater’ for the studio, and a bizarre one at that. At first glance, it doesn’t really look like a Terrytoon in it’s design, humor and even backgrounds, but, sadly, these unusual aspects do not make the production terribly interesting in any way. There is some fun animation in the short at least; one really fun shot involves a dancing women who’s just had her figure improved (can anyone identify the animator on this scene?) I do like some of the Jim Tyer scenes as well.
This may be the last appearance of cannibals in a Terrytoon, or at least close to the last. The backgrounds in the volcano scene might be the nicest of the layout/ background work in this film. Quite honestly, the films falls pretty flat in comic timing across the board, even with some decent gag that would have worked well at other studios. Oddest of all is a running gag based on someone being hypnotized; it’s clear what they’re trying for here, but almost astonishing that they never quite get any of the gags or timing quite right.
I kept wishing that one of the gags would be funnier, but in some ways it’s at least an interesting experiment to break the otherwise set formats in the other Terry series. It seems to be a little harder one to see, so here it is in it’s standard definition glory. Have a good week everyone!