Here’s a bit of an update of what’s been going on this past week with ye old webmaster.
In addition to running two websites, I’m putting the finishing touches on a Spongebob art book which should be out in September – and I’ve just started work on a new ART OF book, for a forthcoming animated feature coming out next year. I can’t announce which film its for, but believe me you’ll hear plenty about it in 2014.
I’m very proud of my two websites – both are humming along quite nicely. I hope you occasionally check in on the other one, Animation Scoop. This week we posted John Korty’s Q&A at The Cinefamily discussing his feature Twice Upon A Time (1983), Ruth Clampett’s promo video for her animation studio-set romance novel; and exclusive production art from Pixar’s latest short The Blue Umbrella.
Beyond the internet, this week I saw the new Blue Sky film Epic, (I liked it a lot), saw Iron Man 3 (liked it too, though I have some questions concerning story points at the conclusion), and I showed 16mm movies at my once-a-month gig with Janet Klein (first Thursday of every month).
Of course I did a whole bunch of professional stuff that I can’t discuss publicly – including finding out that a highly anticipated DVD animation compilation planned for the fall won’t be coming out until next year – and on the flip-side, I learned that a long-delayed cartoon set will now be coming out later this year. Sorry I can’t talk about what these are – but I’ll give you the heads up as soon as I can.
I’ve just set my next cartoon show at The Cinefamily. If you live in the LA area, I hope you’ll consider spending the afternoon with us on Saturday May 18th. Starting at 4:30pm, I’ll be running a whole program rare Technicolor 35mm prints (from private collectors). I’m not going to announce all the titles (don’t want to get in trouble), but I think if seeing 35mm Tech of such titles like Hold The Lion Please, Mr. Money Gags, Hot Rods, The Helpful Genie and maybe The Uncultured Vulture will turn you on – well, you should come because the titles I can’t announce will blow you away.
Oh what the heck… here’s The Uncultured Vulture (1947). Not a good cartoon, not technically in Technicolor. It’s in two-color Cinecolor. It’s from the last days of the Screen Gems studio, shortly before Columbia closed it for good, and directed by Bob Wickersham. It’s cartoons like this that explain why the studio closed. (Thanks to Thad Komorowski for posting it on You Tube)
So that’s The Jerry Report for this week. We now resume our regular Cartoon Research postings…