As I’m writing this, the fourth pass on the authoring of the Blu-ray master for The Puppetoon Movie 2 is burning on the computer next to me. With any luck the fourth pass is the final one! This Arnold Leibovit production is one of the most beautiful sets I’ve worked on – the team should be proud. It’s already after 10 on Wednesday here, but if it was earlier I was hoping to show some things from that project. It’s a must for animation fans, and I think Pal would be very happy with the collection. I’ll work on getting some things together for next week.
As for the company. Thunderbean is growing. It’s been running largely without me these weeks as we transition to just a little bigger of a company and as I’ve had my whole head into school and finishing the Puppetoons. It’s hard to not be involved in all aspects, but clearly I’m unable to, and that’s fine. As I’m watching the scans come in from projects, I’m smiling and handing things off to freelancers to help clean up. I can see what this small company can be, and especially looking forward to future licensing opportunities that are in the mix- some of them just waiting for me to have enough time. I can’t wait to start tackling even more with help from the team.
The logistics of dubbing discs and sending things is growing especially – and now needs to involve other small companies to help us dub and finish things. I know we’ll only be able to do the little tiny’special’ projects for just a little longer as it expands, so I’m going to try and squeeze in a few to help get all these gears moving a little faster as well as get as many films scanned as possible. Here’s the latest of these little Blu-ray ‘special’ sets, ‘Lots of Bad Guys’.
Now, onto today’s animation:
I really love pencil tests, as I’m sure a lot of you do. I’d be pretty happy if whole work reels were released officially rather than the fuzzy VHS dupes a lot of us have of a lot of films. Seeing tests from favorite films has always been a treat, and once in a while you’d get lucky enough to see a whole sequence.
There’s a handful of websites and Facebook groups that have great things up, but I thought I’d highlight one that you might not have seen before. It’s a nice little compilation of Frank and Ollie scenes, from the Art of Animation Facebook group.
Over the years you’d hear about a test here or there that was making the rounds in 16mm prints – and sometimes even find a print for sale. I was first selling Snappy Video VHS tapes at Film and Memorabilia shows, and one particular show had several dealers selling some really rare things. I bought a reel that had the ’Soup Scene’ from Snow White, and another from Lady and the Tramp. Both these tests are from 16mm prints of Disneyland TV shows. I scanned the later recently in HD, and it’s a wonderful little sequence with beautiful animation and beautiful cleanup. While Uncle Walt (in narration) calls these John Sibley’s ‘First rough animation drawings’, it’s a completed pencil test reel of cleaned up animation. Here’s the reel, with a basic, pre-sweetened music track.
Have a good week everyone!