There can be no better example of what Steve Stanchfield is trying to accomplish with his series of Thunderbean Archive DVDs than this cartoon Cheese Burglar (1946).
This public domain chestnut – a staple of PD tape compilations for years – always looked like this. The faded 16mm print has now been replaced by Steve’s restoration (below) and it reveals a minor classic. This is a Jim Tyer tour-de-force.
A friendly cat and dog, a clever mouse (Herman), a couple of knives and a bottle of booze. This was produced for the 1945-46 season, perhaps the last year of truly cartoony cartoons before Famous Studios fell into a locked mold of rigid mediocrity. This was the same season that produced the first Casper cartoon, The Blackie Sheep classic Sheep Shape, Tytla’s Popeye Rocket To Mars and several great Little Lulu films.
This print is off Steve’s Noveltoons Original Classics DVD – highly recommended indeed. A perfect way to spend Thunderbean Thursday: