Last week at this time was really rough here, with Emmy, our sick kitty taking most of my attention. Happily, she is doing much better after a second surgery to clean out the infection that happened in the first surgery. She is super happy to be home, and we’re grateful that she’s doing well. Since I mentioned her last week I thought I’d give an update.
I’ve been working at getting through some of the last stages of the Cubby Bear Blu-ray. All the films are cleaned up at this point, and the assembly and all the little last minute fixes for each (a frame here or there, contrast fixes, fixing line up of top and bottom of each shot, sound issues) are taking the most time. Often when the projects are at this stage I reconsider one thing or another, or try to make a specific thing look better.
I’m working on the final technical stages of Tommy Stathes’ Cartoon Roots/ Bray Studios set. It’s a great collection, and the master will be off to replication within the week.
I had hoped that I’d be able to do a post this week on the nitrate Flip The Frogs that were coming this week, but they’re now not arriving until 1 Thursday (maybe as you read this) so the half-written article covering these original title sequences and the nitrate films already here will be waiting until next week. The timing is fine in that Cubby Bear will be off to replication by that point (it’s that close) and all the ‘Thunderbean Thursday’ 2016 discs and a few other special projects will be gone as well, so that leaves more time to go through the negatives, prints and fine grains. The Abbott and Costello project is basically finished as well now, but needs all the technical stuff done, from making the final digital files for the blu-ray to having everything assembled with the menus.
Over the coming month or so, I’ll be looking at the master materials on the Comi-Color cartoons and making the usual notes. I’m looking forward to seeing what is there and the condition, and excited to see what we can put together from the camera negatives. The biggest debate honestly is what project to commit the time to first; there’s just so many that are demanding attention, including co-productions and so forth. The nitrate really interests me most in that some things are deteriorating fast, even in the best storage conditions, so it makes sense to do what can be done now. Happily, the vault’s conditions do slow it down to a crawl, but hearing recently that one of the Comi-Colors was going fast makes me want to be in action on that particular project. There’s quite a few things on the burner besides these, and I’m very much looking forward to being able to share them here.
The Lou Bunin Alice set is moving forward very slowly, but making progress. We’ll be working with MoMA on restoration of the 35mm mater materials there, and the rest of the films on the collection are all cleaned up and ready to join Alice.
As it stands, here are the current titles that I can talk about that are officially happening, and ‘possible’ schedule- pending interruption by the ones I can’t talk about yet.
Cubby Bear: July 18th 2016
Abbott and Costello Rarities August 15 2016
Christmas Flickers (replicated) December 2016
Lou Bunin Classics featuring “Alice in Wonderland” December 2016
Stop Motion set -January 2017
Flip the Frog– likely February 2017
Comi-Color Cartoons April 2017
Rainbow Parades May 2017
Mr. Bug Goes to Town (from the master neg!!) June 2017
As always, thanks to all that help contribute to these projects in so many different ways; these are labors of love, and I’m happy to be involved!
Have a good week everyone!