I’ve been advised by Jerry to avoid Pilgrim cartoons since there’s already some excellent coverage here yesterday (and next week) via Wednesday’s columnist Charles Gardner. So, here’s a Thanksgiving post that isn’t about Thanksgiving so much!
I’ve been especially grateful this year for the opportunities and really good luck in pursuing the creation of the Thunderbean sets, both in accessing rare films and having enough of a sales market to keep them going. While several of these big projects have stymied and delayed things at times, they’re all still getting there, slowly but surely. The experiment continues.
On the Thunderbean news front: A majority of the ‘special’ stuff is out the door, but we’ll still working on some. I’m looking forward to trying to get all the loose ends no longer loose. I’ve been away so much lately that getting to sit down and finish a project seems almost like a break at this point.
I was in Los Angeles this past last week for the CTN animation expo. The best part of that trip for me is seeing familiar faces: getting to visit former students from CCS working at various studios is much fun as was visiting friends.
Our own Jerry Beck was very was kind to lend some choice 35mm cartoons for the upcoming cartoon show this week at the Redford Theatre. Going through a bunch of stuff in his collection was amazing and fun. There’s a Technicolor goldmine behind his garage door, and some of them creeped out and jumped on a plane with me back to Michigan. At the LAX airport they opened a particular Terrytoon that has vinegar syndrome (acetate degassing/deterioration) and the TSA agent jumped back saying ‘whoooaaa’ at the smell! Once I explained that I was taking the print to be scanned, she smiled and said it would be ‘a good idea to open that can as little as possible’!
Speaking of that, If you’re in the Detroit area, we’re doing our annual Cartoon Show at the Redford Theatre in Redford, Michigan. Details are here. We’ll be running a lot of stuff in nice old 35mm Technicolor prints (the are not suffering from Vinegar Syndrome) and well as some of Thunderbean things in digital presentation. We’re highlighting Felix the Cat this time around Details are here:
An additional highlight was visiting Mark Kausler and Cathy Hill – and seeing the absolutely beautiful original comic art by Cathy. Mark has been scanning and posting the unpublished “Raccketty Ann and the Lost World” since June, and its been a wonderful discovery. I especially love the Dinosaur designs and the creative, dynamic layout in these pages. I’ve been showing my students these since the beginning of the semester, but if you haven’t seen the story yet, it starts on this page. Click the top right words to see each new post.
Scans continue for both special sets and official ones. We have a little ‘unofficial’ Christmas one for this year that is about half sold out. Details Here.
The Rainbow Parades are now going through final color grading (with approval from many friends), so I hope to have those all locked down in the coming few weeks. Funny, I remember working on a lot of these a year ago on Thanksgiving. Working on bonus stuff once again, and really looking forward to having the project finalized.
A Little Thanksgiving Story: When I was first collecting films (around 12-13 years old) I would show my newly acquired super 8mm cartoons at the holiday gatherings to my younger cousins. Somehow the holidays always remind me of running things on super 8mm. Maybe it’s time to haul some of them out and dust off the super 8 projector for a show. I still have some of them, although at this point many have been given aways to other collectors.
Here’s someone that has a choice collection of shorts from Derann Films, who licensed Disney shorts and others:
More Disney. I especially liked this ‘Cartoon Classics’ reel. I remember borrowing this from the library near my grandmother!
And, some Mighty Mouse in Super 8mm prints:
Here’s a fun reel of super 8 scope films, including Tom and Jerry:
Collector and longtime cartoony supporter Craig Davison put up a Krazy Kat — Barnyard Frolic – from a rare super 8mm print:
And, honestly, what could be more bizarre than a (not so great) recolored Krazy Kat on Super 8mm film with a 70s Columbia logo! It honestly makes the black and white version of the cartoon look great!
And, to end things with lots of Turkey, Here’s A Happy Family (1935) with Krazy Kat. The headless Turkeys singing with their necks is bizarre in the way only 1930s cartoons can be. Thanks to Milt Knight for posting!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a really good week, everyone!