Since it’s Polytiks at the forefront in this convention season, I’ve been thinking a lot about Political and election cartoons, and thought it would be fun to haul out a few in the coming weeks…
First – a quick Thunderbean Update: All the ‘Thunderbean Thursdays Special Set’ are out the door, happily – and other things. Transfers are happening like crazy here, with some nitrate Flips leaving and others coming. We had a setback on learning that some of the materials we were hoping to get are not what we expected, but we carry on! I look at the longer game a lot more these days, but heck, I want this stuff to all be out now, not many years from now!
I got the great news today that Tommy Stathes’ Blu-ray/DVD set, ‘Bray Roots’ came back from replication yesterday. It’s a great set, and I’m happy to have helped on the project. There will be a review of the set here soon… but for now, here is a link to the set on Amazon
Now – on to today’s cartoon!
If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, you very likely memorized a lot of the Schoolhouse Rock songs. In the early 70s Funshine Saturday on ABC was my favorite of the stations, and quite honestly, I remember the Schoolhouse Rock episodes better than any of the shows. I’m sure that everyone at ABC was surprised at the longevity of these particular films, lasting on their memorable music and design qualities rather than starring characters.
Schoolhouse Rock was created by David Mccall, George Newall and Tom Yohe. The actual animation production duties were split between two New York animation studios: Kim and Gifford Productions, and Phill Kimmelman and Associates, who produced this episode. Both studios produced mostly TV spots besides their work on the series. Usual suspect Jack Sheldon sings the title song in this short.
The series was so popular that they were sold as educational shorts to schools and film libraries…and I remember one day our teacher ran Conjunction Junction at my elementary school… and everyone sang along of course!
I did an HD transfer of my print of I’m Just a Bill, scratches and all… but it’s neat to see it in HD. Sing along now – and have a good week everyone!