I’m taking a break from talking about Thunderbean or giving a progress report this week, and will give updates in the coming weeks. Suffice to say things are incredibly busy, with orders and producing new titles. News soon.
The last copies of the ‘Technicolor Dreams’ Blu-ray went out the door in the last few days, so I thought it would be fun to show Tea Pot Town (1936) by the Bray Studios for the International Tea Growers Association. Ted Eshbaugh’s studio produced the actual animation for the short.
I tired to find a print of Tea Pot Town for many, many years. 16mm collector Collin Kellogg would often tell me the film was high on his must-find list, and that a theatre in New York would rent a 35mm print from the then still-in-business Bray Studios. They claimed that print at some point vanished, and that’s possible… but my guess is that it really ended up in one of the other archives, and that is somewhat bared out by paperwork.
This version was scanned and cleaned up from the rare 35mm Technicolor print at the Library of Congress. It’s a beautiful little short, although this particular print is missing some footage. There are more complete prints in existence; perhaps we’ll finally be able to have access to a more complete print at some point. Tea Pot Town was given to theaters free to show, and a color book was given out as well.
Some of the themes in Tea Pot Town are pretty familiar, following in the footsteps of The Sunshine Makers. I have to wonder what animators worked on the film, and if Eshbaugh hired other animators and artists also formally employed by the Van Beuren Studio to complete this little short. I’m looking forward to seeing the film with credits to see if they’ve listed the The full Technicolor palette of this short just makes me think how beautiful Sunshine Makers would have been in full Technicolor.
Tommy Jose Stathes has posted the ‘Tea Town Painting Book’ as part of the ‘Bray Project’ Click Here.
Have a good week everyone!