It’s been a fascinating week here at Thunderbean. I’m back from a trip to New York (more about that soon) and working on some new revisions and cleanup.
Here’s a small, less-than-formal announcement about new Thunderbean Blu-rays, some already announced, others new:
• A blu-ray set of Flip the Frog cartoons, licensed from Film Preservation Associates.
• A Blu-ray of Lou Bunin Films, including a restoration of Alice in Wonderland.
• A new collection of Mid Century Modern cartoons, concentrating on one studio’s output
• A Blu-ray set of Van Beuren cartoons, mostly if not all from 35mm
• Private Snafu Blu-ray.
plus two sets of live action material that will be announced soon. We’re spending a good amount of time of Flips right now, and working with the original materials preserved at UCLA and other archives.
MEET GOOFY GUS!
I especially like hearing a title for a cartoon starring a character that you know didn’t make it. The fact that so many of these things exist is at times astonishing, but I’m happy that prints are around on the odd things, sometimes in 35mm, but more likely in 16mm. Because there was a market for non theatrical rental, many of these one shot films have survived in 16mm rental prints.
Goofy Gus and his Omnibus (in “No Fare”) fits into that category. With it’s scratchy surviving print and Mickey Mouse-esque design, you could almost think that this cartoon is a spoof of old animated films, ala “Elmo Aardvark”. Goofy was very much real though, and here is the proof.
Arch Fritz provides the music, who is really Carl Stalling. Stalling used this same name at least once before, perhaps because he was recording soundtracks for Iwerks at the same time. What is especially interesting about this film is that has a pretty good team behind it. Besides Stalling, the animators on the film include Judge Whitaker and Gil Turner. Monte Collins directed this 1934 film according to the credits, and it’s hard to say if this is Collins the comedian, writer and actor, or an unknown person.
Have a good week all!