Hi Folks… it’s good to be back!
On the Thunderbean front, things are jam-packed, with two transfer sessions in a row, one in HD, one in 4k. These start to bring some of the things in progress closer to being finished. The Flip the Frog’s looked especially nice, but honestly that’s been almost all of them since they’re mostly negs and master positives. Here are a few stills from the Master Positive (fine Grain) on Stormy Seas (1932). The camera neg gets transferred in the next session for comparison. Things are lined up in the hopper, and we’re working to get each project closer to finish and out the door as fast as possible, funds permitting.
Speaking of Iwerks, our own Jerry Beck will be hosting a show of Ub Iwerks shorts at the TCM Fest, tomorrow at 9am at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Leslie Iwerks will be in attendance; her company continues the family tradition of great filmmaking. I was happy to provide some of the new scans of Flip, Willie and some Comi-Color shorts for the show, along with some help from the Library of Congress.
As many of you know, I very much enjoy transferring cartoons with original titles… especially if they are shorts that are otherwise hard to see in their original form (or often at all). One of the shorts from a recent transfer session has what appear to be reissue titles for the Iwerks short Happy Days titled ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’. It does include something that is suspiciously missing from the ‘real’ title sequence- a credit to the ‘Regular Fellas’ comic strip that short is based on – but no credit to the Iwerks studio! My guess is that there are actually three different title sequences for this short – this being the last of them. Perhaps further looking through those particular negatives at UCLA will reveal the other possible title sequence… we’ll hopefully know soon.
Lastly, I thought I’d share one of the films scanned earlier today. Sadly, just after this short was scanned, something major went wrong with the Telecine here in Detroit – the computer program that works with the controls stopped working entirely, bringing the session to a screeching halt. There’s been talk of not fixing the system again here since Thunderbean is one of the very few clients that even transfer film here, so I’m hoping this wasn’t the last thing to ever run on this very nice system!
So, here is a really fun Heckle and Jeckle short from 1951, looking as it should in beautiful IB Technicolor. I remember seeing this short frequently in the 70s on TV, but in the usual Eastman color prints. I feel like Terrytoons have never had their proper evaluation since good copies were so hard to see. See if you can identify some of the Terry animators. I’m especially fond of some of the Jim Tyer sequences – I don’t think I’ve seen this short since I was a kid. Enjoy this in HD, and have a good week everyone!