Happy November everyone!
In Thunderbean news:
Most of the Thunderbean hard drives are now upstairs in the media closet, with only several drives down here holding the current projects in progress. It’s relaxing to see a lot less visual clutter, but bigger than that its nice to know where most things are now that they’re consolidated. We’ll be concentrating on getting Flip done first, with The Little King and the Van Beuren Tom and Jerrys close behind. Stop Motion Marvels Volume 1 (Blu-ray) will be back from replication in about a week, completing that four and a half year project. We’ll be announcing our usual holiday special set within the next week or so as well. I’ll be getting back to looking at some Little Kings tonight, making final decisions on whether we’re done with cleanup on some or if they need tweaks.
There are exciting things on the horizon in these coming weeks and I’m looking forward to sharing the news as we get the current stuff out the door.
I’ve been moving things off the portable hard drives so I can put more films on those drives for the freelancers, and the ‘Little Lulu’ project has now moved to a bigger drive to be archived. Today I decide to take a look at Bargain Counter Attack (1946)- a cartoon that a lot of us are familiar with since it seemed to be on nearly every bargain public domain VHS cartoon tape. When some 35mm IB technicolor prints off Lulus became available from a collector in Europe, I was thrilled to be able to see this particular cartoon and others in Technicolor, with a much more balanced palette than the pinkish one I always think of from those well-worn 16mm UM&M prints that circulated for years. We were happy to have put this and three other 35mm prints on our Little Lulu ‘special’ set a little while back.
It’s a charming cartoon, well-designed and executed. It’s really lovely to be able to see it in better quality. Lulu’s mischief making gags are pretty fun (although there’s one unfortunate Indian gag). Layout is especially dynamic in this short looking especially nice in painted in a beautiful pastel-ish palette. The way the backgrounds are rendered reminds you of the Fleischer’s early 40s cartoons- and how lush some of the Famous Studios work still was well into the 40s. This one also makes me long for a simple stroll through a store like this, but that would require going back in time. Special thanks to Thad Komorowski for helping acquire this print.
Have a good week all!