Those who pre-ordered The Puppetoon Movie blu-ray should have received it by now. I’m already getting many people writing me to tell how much that are enjoying it… let’s hope it’s the first crack at unlocking the vault containing these hard-to-see shorts. Cartoon Researcher John Simpson was so delighted, he shared with me this find: George Pal’s 1940 U.S. patent for Puppetoons.
How cool is this? This is the very document that was the basis for Pal’s Academy Award; It outlines the “novel methods and techniques” of his stop motion process (aka Replacement Animation). In the documents, Pal goes to great pains to verbally describe his system of animating models. Click thumbnail images below to enlarge and read for yourself – Click here to see page 1 and Page 2 (both pictured above).
Trade advertisements above and below are from an amazing new book Ray Harryhausen Master of Majicks – which I also recommend highly!
I can’t do a Puppetoon post without including at least one small example of the technique. Here is something not included on the Puppetoon blu-ray – a commercial Pal produced for Mounds candy in the 1950s: