That’s right! Cool miscellaneous stuff that will likely never be on any official release from anyone.
It’s a post of oddities! I always thought the coolest thing about visitiing any one film or animation collector was the stuff they hauled out that you would literally *never* see anywhere else. Sometimes that’s a good thing! I saw one at a friend’s house last week that was entirely baffling but fun. Often these curios have stuck with me – and in some ways a basis for starting a video company in the first place. I was going through some of my archive discs and found some things that I thought would be fun to share, so here are a few out of dozens of little things. This could almost be a regular feature with as many of these as there are. Think of this as reaching into a box of unlabeled films and projecting these just to see what they are. I hope you enjoy them!
The first is ‘Tube Tester Operation’, produced in 1944 for the US Navy by Burton Holmes Films, Inc. I’m not putting the whole film here, just the animated segments and some footage around them. I’m not familiar with the production company at all on this film- and not sure how many films they produced for the Navy or other armed services.
The second is a bunch of fun pencil test cycles animated by Ken Southworth for a 1989 TV series called ‘Don Coyote’. These cycles were used in probably all of the episodes of the series, and represent some of the ‘full’ animation in this otherwise limited animation TV cartoon. Ken gave these to me on a tape around 1998 or so, along with an animatic or two…
The third is a reel of pencil tests from India. These look like they may have been produced for a class in animation of one sort or another. The Kodak stock is dated 1958. It was among 16mm reels that Disney animator Clair Weeks had in his collection. Note the Preston Blair run cycle swipe about halfway through the reel…..
The next is a trailer for the Mr. Bug Goes to Town reissue from the late 50s (as Hoppity Goes To Town). This was transferred from a reel of 35mm trailers belonging to Mickey Gold, a gem of a film collector who literally had a heart of gold. Mickey was a huge Disney fan, but both Gulliver and Hoppity trailers were on a reel of otherwise almost all Disney trailers. I’m really looking forward to ‘tingling with a new enjoyment’ as the narrator says I will. The almost monochrome-red color on this trailer reminds me of the first time I saw this film was in Black and White, on a night I was mandated to sending thank-you cards for Christmas gifts from relatives either earlier that day or the day before… it’s still one of my all-time favorite movies…
And, finally, this 1938 Disney trailer for Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. This transfer was done from the first piece of nitrate film I owned. I bought it form a little shop (I think it was called ‘Nostalgia Nook’) in Roseville, Michigan, around 1983. In all honesty, it really was irresponsible for them to sell a trailer made of highly flammable Nitrate to a 14 year old. He must not have known. It had water damage on it, so I think he sold it to me for $5.
Have a good week everyone!