Steve asked me to “do the honors” this week a select a favorite to highlight from one of his discs. That is a daunting task. But here’s a little film I always liked, the first Rainbow Parade cartoon, Pastrytown Wedding.
Producer Amadee Van Beuren was desperate to compete with rivals Disney and Fleischer, and in 1934 brought in Disney’s Burt Gillette (Three Little Pigs) to upgrade the quality of their product and take the studio into color production. Van Beuren started his association with Gillett by producing the short-lived kid-centric live action/animation series, Toddle Tales. Gillette then worked with independent producer Ted Eshbaugh to create two sponsored cartoons: Pastrytown Wedding for New York’s Cushman’s Bakery and Sunshine Makers for Bordens. Both productions were fashioned as commercial films and, with a little revision, were released as theatrical cartoons for RKO.
On Steve’s excellent Toddle Tales and Rainbow Parade Cartoons DVD collection, he features this beautiful (and rare) color print of the theatrical version – and a clip of the alternate Cushman version (in black & white). The DVD version is of much better quality than the You Tube embed below…
Below are a set of animation drawings and model sheets from Pastrytown Wedding that were found in the estate of Pete Burness – who apparently moonlighted for Van Beuren on several Rainbow Parade cartoons. Click each thumbnail to enlarge:
UPDATE: Library of Congress film archivist George Willeman has posted frame grabs from Ted Eshbaugh’s personal print of Pastryown Wedding (like this original title card, above) on Facebook. Go there NOW!