We’ll end the year short and sweet — sweet tooth, that is!
In the Kingdom (or Dungeon) of Thunderbean:
I’m enjoying a week that’s somewhat relaxed even though it’s still busy. Working away on the finishing touches of a film cleanup/restoration right now, and this leaves a pretty clear plate for the next things to come. In terms of Thunderbean releases, this next year will start with the Van Beuren Tom and Jerry set being released, followed not too far behind by Mid Century Modern, volume 3, Rainbow Parades, volume 2, The long-awaited Lou Bunin set and more. We’re in excellent shape to finish all the already announced projects this coming year. I’m also excited to do some animation as the year starts and am looking forward to other projects that are in progress as well. The year is ending on a good note in the world of Thunderbean, and here’s wishing good things in your world as well, Cartoon Research readers and participants! Thanks to everyone for your comments, support and help through this year!
I’m especially looking forward to working on the Comi-Color set, and as I’ve started to assemble the material, I’m really honored I get a chance to work on them. The material is just beautiful since almost all are from the original camera materials. I’m also honored that I had a chance to work on a bunch of films for the Fleischer restoration project this year. So great to see beautiful materials on so many films getting seen.
Since it’s the end of the year, I thought it might be fun to do something different for the last post! Here’s a really neat find: a work print of a Tom Terrific cartoon: Sweet Tooth Sam, parts 1 through 5. As you can see from the workprint, it was produced with all the episodes sequential first, without the titles, bumpers or recaps— just the story moving pretty straight forward. I’ve taken the sound from an episodic print and added it in— it was pretty close to correct in edit on this workprint. I think it’s really interesting to see this cut, and enjoyable to see a Tom Terrific in 35mm (although in 16 they look pretty good, generally). I don’t know if any other work prints on the series exist.
The Tom Terrific cartoons were made by Terrytoons on a shoestring. See if you can recognize any of the animators. They’re pretty fun to watch with that in mind. I can imagine watching Captain Kangaroo and seeing a new episode each day, as they aired.
Hope you have better luck with your own candy stashes at the end of the year, wishing everyone a happy new year!