I’m very much looking forward to a little less busy here; it’s review week at the school, so the days have been filled with looking at student work, and waiting all day to see how the new scans have been looking that arrive nearly daily right now!
Here’s are scans just done from the Rainbow Parade set. It’s a real thrill to see these films with their original titles… so I can’t help but share them with you as they show up. Here are the original title cards from Spinning Mice, Parrotville Post Office and the 35mm upgrade title from The Picnic Panic as well as a few shots from each of the cartoons.
And now… an announcement!!!
Scanning is now progressing on the Ub Iwerks’ Comi-Color Cartoons.. so today we’re announcing the pre-release offer for Ub Iwerks’ Comi-Color Cartoons, Volume 1! Of course, it’s going to be a wonderful set– calling in the next set of films to be pulled for scan is always exciting! All proceeds from the pre-order will help fund the continued scans of these materials. We’re very happy to be able to work on the release and be able to finally offer high quality versions of this classic animation in picture as well as sound. The pre-release will only be available through May 15th.
Thanks to everyone for supporting these projects! Order information is here:
Volume 1 contains:
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Little Red Hen
The Brave Tin Soldier
Puss in Boots
The Queen of Hearts
Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp
The Headless Horseman
The Valiant Tailor
Little Black Sambo
The Bremen Town Musicians
Old Mother Hubbard
Things have been pretty centered around the Rainbow Parades here as of late, I thought I’d post a few of the music-only bonus features we did for the 2009 DVD release of the first half of the Rainbow Parades. I had posted – Along Came a Duck before; it’s one of the cartoons from the pre-curser to the Rainbow Parades, the Toddle Tales series. Since pieces of many of these Winston Sharples scores appeared on TV versions of silent cartoons, we were able to take the pieces of those scores from various cartoons and make the whole film mostly in a music-only version. Here’s that cartoon again, as well as some clips from some of the Rainbow Parades with just music. They’re pretty enjoyable in the music only versions- it gives you a real appreciation of how good the Sharples scores are, especially in matching little musical themes to action; aspects of this work is often obscured by sound effects in the final versions.
And… one more little treat- a sequence from Japanese Lanterns from the 35mm Cinecolor print!
On yet other notes, Fleischer Rarities still isn’t back yet, but I expect it to be through the long wait of replication soon.
On things in the pipeline, the Rainbow Parades and Flip the Frog are coming along beautifully. The very last of the Flip’s are just getting scanned. We’re working hard to get these as well as the other Thunderbean titles all wrapped up and replicated.
My school put up a little video while we were scanning a batch of Flip the Frog’s a little while back; I don’t remember if I wrote about it here, but I stumbled across the link today:
Have a good week everyone!!!