It’s been a good week since the last post. Having almost all the current ‘special orders’ that are done sent is making things merry here, but we’re turning right around and mastering the Christmas set in the next few days— and sending that right out as well. A good rest is in order after this next week- and that week also happens to be the last week at the college I teach at. I’m looking forward to diving a little deeper into a few of the finished and just getting finished projects in next week’s post.
As for good news in classic animation: Arnold Leibovit’s Puppetoon Movie Volume 2 set is now shipping, and it’s a lovely venture. I hope to spend some time in the coming weeks talking about it – once there’s a few minutes to spare and write a little it about our involvement helping with this excellent project.
You can order the set here.
As we finish sending the special sets that are finished, we’ll make some copies available at the Thunderbean shop for those that missed them. The sets that will be available again for a limited time are All Censored, Terry/Lantz/Famous and Toon Club. Visit Thunderbeanshop.com for these as well as updates on the status of sets in production.
For today, I’d like to be away from the intricacies of all this other stuff – so let’s watch a print of Barnyard Bunk that managed to scan very nicely, just before succumbing to the dreaded vinegar syndrome!
The Van Beuren Tom and Jerry set has been probably the most steadily scanned of any of the in progress Thunderbean sets. I try to send at least one with every scan session, and recently this one Barnyard Bunk was scanned from a print that was, sadly, getting ready to become one with the earth.
There’s a lot of 16mm non-theatrical ‘Official Films’ prints of this particular cartoon. This one was in pretty decent shape. I think it will clean up nicely for the Blu-ray. While not one of the more outstanding entries in the series, this particular cartoon has all the basic things one would want on the proverbial Van Beuren checklist:
A) Tom and Jerry playing an instrument. Check. ✓
B) A bunch of dancing farm animals. Check. ✓
C) The usually fun Gene Rodemich score with familiar songs. Check. ✓
D) A Skeleton. Check. ✓ ✓
E) Rubbery chickens rolling as they walk. Check! ✓ ✓ ✓
Bonus points award for Tom and Jerry both being thrown gently into a lake by two bags full of mice – and a tall, hidden glass of beer to make everything all the merrier.
It isn’t as if Van Beuren’s staff thought that someone would be even considering this breezy little film nearly 90 years later. Maybe that’s part of the fun of their films – they’re not taking much of it so seriously either. They’re ephemeral and know it, remnants of the era. I’m sure glad they were stashed in that basement or that box or that drawer, and that they made enough prints for some to survive.
I think 19 of the 26 of the series are scanned now in HD. Now to the harder ones!
Enjoy this remnant and have a great week all!