First off, some news on the Thunderbean front: The Thunderbean Thursday 2016 set has started shipping finally, and I hope to get all of them out the door by Friday. Thanks to everyone for supporting this little set – it helped to get Cubby out the door a little faster.
Next – and speaking of Cubby, the master is off to replication! When it’s back the pre-orders will go out first, and I’ll announce it here as well. Abbott and Costello is nearly all together now, and I hope to have that off to mastering next week if all goes well. The 1953 Colgate Comedy Hour show where Bud appears alone (Lou was sick) is a real gem- Lou still appears in pre-filmed skits, with Martin and Lewis stepping in to help host. It’s just one of many really rare things on the set, and as a big Abbott and Costello fan, I’m thrilled to help put it together.
Third: Another batch of nitrate Flip The Frog’s will be coming in the next week or two, and all materials for the set should be scanned by the end of August. I’ll be taking a trip to LA to look through the Comi-Colors and other materials, and hopefully will have more announcements then as well.
I’ve completed the inspection of the Flip materials here, and they’re overall just beautiful. The MGM fine grains are things of beauty. On the original negs though, I’ve removed tape, a staple, a bandage used as a splice (I wonder who’s DNA that has on it?) and various gunk as well as carefully tape slicing and reinforcing some splices as I prep for more scanning. Happily nothing has been too difficult, and the deterioration has been very minimal on the 37-plus reels so far. We’re lining up the digital restoration team to start working exclusively on Flip. It’s actually much easier to clean much of the Flip material up compared to Cubby, since the Flips are so clean overall, and almost all 35mm. There are several we don’t have 35mm on yet, but have found that there is an archive that they exist at in 35mm.
Right now we have about 70% of them either ready to be scanned or scanned already. Since last week’s post, I’ve been getting lots of requests for a ‘special’ sneak preview set on Flip, from the new materials we’ve been scanning.
The set is looking fantastic. Here are some stills from Fiddlesticks:
As has become the custom here on Cartoon Research, I’m happy to announce this week the ‘Pre-order’ on the Flip the Frog Blu-ray set.. with a special ‘Sneak Preview’’ Blu-ray featuring 10 of the 38 cartoons. The pre-order of course also includes the final 2-disc Blu-ray set when it’s finished. The offer is only good through the end of this month, with the ‘special’ disc being sent on August 1. There will also be a very unusual special feature on the set- to be announced soon…
The pre-order is $20, plus $3 shipping. You can see the details at the Thunderbean Website here.
Now – onto this week’s cartoon clips!
A little while back we featured a short reel of Technicolor nitrate clips, featuring some animation. This week, we have another one of those Cinema-Paridiso-style reels, with this one looking as if the projectionist or whoever saved these was interested in getting celebrity caricature clips. I like the way the reel is edited- it seems like they were paying attention to the sound in the clips. It’s also a cool chance to see what the color looked like on these original Technicolor release prints. An additional bonus is seeing a clip from one of the ‘lost’ Barney Google cartoons… as well as bits of hard-to-see Columbia Color Rhapsodies like Hollywood Graduation (1938) and Hollywood Sweepstakes (1939). I only wish it was longer! This little reel appears here courtesy of patron film saint Dennis Atkinson, who was kind enough to lend it for transfer.
See if you can identify some of the clips! I was going to list them – but I thought I’d let you test your cartoon knowledge!
I hope you like this little fun reel! Have a good week everyone!