Short post this week. It’s reviews week here at the school, and barely a moment to breathe, nearly from sun up to well after sun down— but, happily, it isn’t quite midnight here yet, so I’m happy to be writing a little of this week’s post!
The coming weeks will bring a lot of new scanning, some new members to the Thunderbean staff (to help with orders, restoration and organizing the soon-to-be new Thunderbean office. Small but mighty! Orders are still going out, slower than I’d like, and I’ve been unable to put any time into anything this week so far. The good news is that Friday is free, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone got done and what’s left.
I need to grade all the final papers for the animation history class on Friday and over the weekend, and thumbing through the papers made me think about my own favorite moments in the history of animation. As is usual, quite a few papers are on Anime, but others were on pretty unusual (for students) aspects of the industry, from an analysis of box office receipts vs. quality of animated features, to editing/ censorship (very hot at this exact moment) to an interesting analysis of why Donald Duck is more popular than Mickey Mouse everywhere but the United States. My favorite so far from the class was a student’s psychoanalysis of all the main characters in Disney’s Pinocchio. The writer’s empathy, interestingly, was with Jimmy Cricket, who some believe is the true central character of the film (I’m somewhat in agreement since he has the strongest character arch).
1) Mr. Bug Goes to Town press screening (Dec 5, 1941)
What could be better attending this particular screening? This is my time machine wish.
2) The Old Mill (1937) wins best animated short subject, 1938
AMPAS was nice enough to list the awards given that night here, so you can see the good company this amazing short was in:
3) Disney Studio’s soundstages are commandeered by the Army – for use as a defense and repair facility (December 8, 1941)
4) The Fischer Price Movie Viewer debuts, with Disney’s Lonesome Ghosts cartridge (1973). The actual films in the viewer were not completely helpful for up and coming animators in that they took a lot of frames out so you wouldn’t have to crank to oblivion to see the movie! Someone scanned some of the films and put it up on youtube- and that’s why everything runs so fast at a normal projection speed!
5) At the New York Center Theatre Premiere of Pinocchio, midgets strip out of their Pinocchio costumes (February 7, 1940) Go to the bottom of this article— there’s a rare and pretty nice picture of them before the debacle!
7) The animated feature Raggedy Ann and Andy premieres (April 1, 1977)
8) Classic Japanese animated film Akira released (July, 1988)
9) Fleischer Studios opens in Miami, Florida (September 5, 1938).
Here’s a nifty article by our own Jerry Beck on this very event!
10) Disney company trades
football player sports commentator Al Michaels to Universal Pictures to retrieve certain rights to Oswald The Lucky Rabbit (Feb 07, 2006)
Now, it’s YOUR turn! What are some of your favorites?
Have a good week everyone!