It’s been a pretty good week for old cartoons – and a great year for Fleischer animation in particular.
First, some short Thunderbean news:
The long-in-progress. Stop Motion Marvels Blu-ray preorders are all going out as well as Party Disc 2. Party disc 2 will likely only be around for a little while.
Both are available on Amazon now:
Stop Motion Marvels: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BQQV834N?ref=myi_title_dp
Party Disc 2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BQQZZ48K?ref=myi_title_dp
We’re working on getting the currently finished special discs out the door as well with more getting closer to the finish line. You can always see what’s shipping and what’s in progress at the Thunderbean Shop Website under the ‘Thunderbean Status’ button.
A segment on “Adam Savages’ Tested”
It was the second to last class before the break last Thursday when I got a text from our own Devon Baxter informing me that the segment I shot for Tested in October was put up on Youtube. Here’s just a little about this segment:
Back in October I was asked to participate in a segment to be shot at Blackhawk films, a little over a week before the shoot was taking place. The Blackhawk folks are wonderful to work with, and I thought it would be really fun to highlight vintage animation in this way. Mauricio Alvarado, working on behalf of the Fleischer’s and “Fabulous Fleischer Cartoons Restored” did a great job coordinating the shoot with the Tested folks. Nicolas Ruau from Blackhawk showed how a film is inspected and scanned, and I hauled an iMac though the airports under my arm for the shoot since it had one of the restoration programs on it. My friends Mark Kausler and Mike Kazaleh came along as well as Tom Minton, who shared some great stories. Our own Jerry Beck lent his recently acquired 35mm nitrate print of ‘Birthday’ for the shoot since I couldn’t bring nitrate on the plane and UCLA was unable to provide a cartoon with short notice. It was a really fun experience and I’m glad the segment came out decently.
Since we were right in mid-terms at the school I knew I couldn’t leave for long, so I booked a flight to leave for LA on Tuesday night and return Wednesday night on the red eye back to Michigan. I’m still tired! With the whirlwind of mid-terms and coordinating a trip to Burbank with students, the shoot drifted from my own mind. It was such a nice surprise to see it when they put it up a week ago. It’s fun to see it getting a lot of views!
And here’s the complete segment:
Christmas Comes But Once a Year – restored!!
Some additional good news was a showing on MeTV (and YouTube posting) of the classic Fleischer Cartoon Christmas Comes But Once a Year from the original negatives and master soundtrack. This is the first of the Color Classics to get this treatment, and it’s a first class effort all the way. Paramount Pictures Archives provided the Fleischers and the project a master scan. This classic short was then cleaned up and color corrected by Thad Komorowski and Jack Theakston for Fabulous Fleischer Cartoons Restored.
A few years back I was lucky enough to scan a beautiful 35mm IB Technicolor print of the film, but this new restoration really shows just how great these films can look from their original negatives. It’s a major event in the history of these films to have this done nearly nine decades after their creation. They’ve always deserved to be treated like this, and I’m so grateful it’s happening now. Check it out here!
For many, many years, there has been a collective group effort to make sure many classic animated films are restored and seen by the public. This has been (and requires) a tremendous group effort, sometimes coordinated, often not. Jerry Beck has been at the forefront of this effort for decades, and it thrills all of us to see success in making these available from the masters in our lifetimes. I think we all need to keep collectively working on this since it’s an important effort- and fixing a small piece of history that should never have been neglected in many of the ways it has been.
Have a good week all. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all!