Very short today, but showing a little animated sequence I bet some of you have never heard of.
In Thunderbean-land, I’ve been working to get new titles finished as my helpers work to get all the orders out. It’s exciting to see the progress. A more complete update next week.
As you read this, I’ll be off to visit Chris Buchman to work some more on Grotesqeries Blu-ray. I’m trying to get it wrapped and off to replication as soon as possible.
One of the animated sequences in a live action film I really like is the ‘Walrus and the Carpenter’ scene from the bizarre 1933 Paramount Alice in Wonderland. It was produced by the Harman/Ising Studio the same year they produced three Cubby Bear cartoons for Van Beuren. I would guess that their contract with WB was over by this point. To my eyes, it looks to not be of a higher budget compared to the last cartoons they made at WB. It is fun and immediately recognizable in style to cartoon fans. For many years quite a few people I know had made the assumption that the Fleischer Studio produced the segment, since they were Paramount’s cartoon studio. My guess would be that H/I’s work was well-known in Los Angeles, and they were looking for this particular kind of work at this point in their history.
Michael Sporn did a nice article about the sequence many years back. What do you think of the sequence?
The actual film is quite bizarre in many ways, and stars Charlotte Henry, who also played ‘Little Bo Peep’ in the classic Hal Roach, Laurel and Hardy feature Babes in Toyland (1934). THAT film is one of my favorites, and this scene below is especially bizarre, featuring Mickey Mouse played by a monkey:
Speaking of Grotesqeries! Don’t let this scare you – and have a good week everyone!