Here’s a little nitty gritty on Thunderbean stuff in the woiks:
As summer is in full swing the projects are getting more organized as well as getting all details sorted by either myself or the team on each. Our own Devon Baxter has been doing a wonderful job tracking down a lot of rare art from the first half of the Rainbow Parade series. Animation art collector Ted Watts lent some wonderful pieces this last week. I went to scan them at the school, but all the labs that have the bigger scanner have rooms that are cleaned/ closed! I’m hoping to find a solution in the coming few days.
It’s been strange to do ‘finals’ on so many projects in the same weeks – especially ones that have gone on for *years*. The majority of the Puppetoons we worked on are now finished and out of my hands (except for some finishing touches at some point) and earlier today I looked at the final mastered versions of all the shorts for Rainbow Parade, Volume 1. This particular title has been long in progress, so its a great treat to see them all in final versions, all next to each other. It feels complete. Titles are well in progress and menus. I can’t wait to get it out for mastering. I hope to have it off to master by mid-July. I’m also hoping that the scans for volume 2 can resume this month.
The Cartoon Commercials 2 Blu-ray is stepping closer to the finish line, with all the final prints here that need to be scanned to complete the set. I was excited to see a reel of 60s commercials with a majority that I hadn’t seen before- it’s a nice way to round out that set.
Stewart McKissick, my collaborator on the Stop Motion Marvels DVD and its Blu-ray update, has been revising the original booklet. He’ll also provide the cover art for the new set. We now have all but one of the Kinex shorts either scanned or ready to when we’re able. The one that haven’t been able to obtain is Goose and the Golden Egg. Here it is, at Huntley Archives. They charge ‘stock footage’ prices only, and want £25 a second! I begged them to offer us a better deal (who else would *ever* need this whole film?). Because of that, unless we’re extremely lucky and find another print somewhere, we’ll just have to be missing one. Stop Motion Marvels 2 now has almost every film cleaned up too. Some exciting surprises on that set. More on that in the coming week or two.
Flip the Frog is in a similar place, with just four films left to scan or revise of the 38. I do wish *all* the original titles would materialize, but we’ve managed to scan all the ones that seem to exist at this point, unless you have a print hiding in your basement of one of them…
In addition to all this stuff, I’m done or close on 7 ‘special’ discs now, and just hope to be able to scan additional films and reels to get even more in the can. I’m transitioning away from doing any of the order fulfillment or packing myself in the coming weeks (a good thing) to concentrate on finishing more sets.Watching each of these projects get closer to the finish line is really gratifying and odd. On many of these long-term projects, it seemed they’d never get there with so many pieces. I’m grateful to all of you that have helped and continue to support these projects.
Now — FOOTBALL FORECASTS with Frank Leahy (or at least the animated parts!)…
For this week’s film, I thought I’d show you something that showed up in the mail this week. It’s stinking of vinegar syndrome, but it’s really neat. It’s called Football Forecasts, Sponsored by Amoco Gas. It’s clearly the predecessor to a more ‘live’ sports show. The film stock date is 1958.
Leahy had been a fairly well-known football coach at Notre Dame (from 41 to 43, and again from 46 to 53). He had early coached at Boston College. He had played the game in college as well, from 1928 to 1930.
The cool thing about is (from an animation standpoint) is both an animated commercial as well as a little football mascot appearing in reusable clips- as well as some nicely drawn representations of each team. The credits only read “Unipix”. It’s fun – and I’ve edited most of the football out to see these little sections of this 15 minute program. Does anyone have a hint as to what studio may have done this particular work?
That’s all that’s fit to print today! Sorry I wasn’t so properly dressed for the occasion in the video. I will be next time.
Have a great week everyone!