Happy late July folks. It’s Thunderbean Thursday on a Friday this week, due to the loss of June Foray. I want to thank Jim Korkis for trading places with me this week – and penning that beautiful remembrance that appeared here on Cartoon Research yesterday. June was everything you heard she was – a beautiful, giving person, a pioneer in seeking recognition of animation as an important art form decades ago, when the medium was not as popular as it is today. She was a major part of the reason animation is so popular today. We have a lot to thank her for.
In the Thunderbean Dungeon:
I’ve started to think about this period as being kind of like the King, the Mouse and the Cheese or, perhaps more like this:
At Thunderbean, the finishing touches just got done today on Hollywood Rarities after adding and changing and fixing and reconsidering order on some things. Having it in the can take at least one of these off the plate, and onto the other stuff again. Things are shipping daily right now, so watch your mailboxes if you have some of the special sets ordered- and thanks much again for supporting the things!
For all of you folks in New York, if youre able to come out to Brooklyn, The Animation Block Party is this weekend! I’ll be there – so if you see me say “hi!”. On Saturday at 4:30, the festival is showing a 35mm showing of Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure. Its the films 40th Anniversary this year, so a showing in New York is very appropriate!
Animator Dan Haskett and Doug Crane will be there for a Q&A with our own Jerry Beck, and I’ll be talking a little about the films history and production as well as talking for the first time publicly about the current attempt to license and restore the film. It’s a sorted story that includes publishers, families, lost paperwork and even some international intrigue involving the CIA! While the print that showing isn’t restored per se, its a nice, rare 35mm print of the film. Let’s hope all works out and that this film finally gets an actual HD release in its original scope format.
A HUNT FOR THE ORIGINAL TITLES!
So I thought I’d take a quick diversion today and rather than talk about the stuff weve found and are working on, instead talk very specifically about what were looking for right now perhaps in the hopes that perhaps someone here actually knows where one of these things are. None of these are my Holy Grail’s really, but they are all things I do hope will show up before we finish a few particular sets. Of course I have my usual go-to folks for many things, but there are plenty more just sitting on the shelf of one collector or another too. If that collector is you, consider sharing these with the world – I would personally be forever grateful.
Here are the things that are currently at the top of the Thunderbean list to track down:
1) Original titles for Flip the Frog in “Funny Face” (1933)
This particular title sequence is out there- in fact, it showed up in a 35mm nitrate print on Ebay within the last few years with it! Sadly, I missed it as did my friends. Maybe you know who got that print..or maybe *you* got that print! Anyway, were hoping to do a scan of the opening sequence since its missing from all the materials weve seen so far.
2) Lost FLIP Titles: Here are the other Flip’s that we currently don’t have original title sequences for:
Pale Face, Coo Coo the Magician, Techno Cracked, Bulloney (only have German Version), A Chinaman’s Chance, Soda Squirt
3) Rainbow Parade Cartoons
Sadly, my list looking for original titles on the Rainbow Parade’s is longer- although shorter than in previous years. For you that know these things, I have the Commonwealth and/ or Gutlohn titles on pretty much all the ones they released, but have managed to find 35mm with original titles sequences except for these eight. Do you have any of these original title sequences on a film print? Please note: dont be fooled by the titles I recreated years back on the Rainbow Parade DVD on these.
Pastry Town Wedding
(we only have the 1940 reissue titles that were done for Cushmans, the Guthohn and Official films)
Parrotville Fire Department
Parrotville Old Folks
The Rag Dog
The Hunting Season
Scotty Finds a Home
Have a good week folks!