Gas commercials are always a good way to start or end a Thursday, but first, some Thunderbean news:
This has been a week full of film friends in different ways. My friend Eric Grayson came up to Thunderbean world headquarters (!) to chat with David Grauman, Becca Smith and myself about several projects in progress, including the restoration of the “King of the Kongo” serial he’s been working on. I’ve had a hand in really cool soon-to-be released project that’s just wrapping that he’ll be announcing soon. The tiny office now has shelves with old toys on three of the four walls, so there’s lots of friendly smiling faces to greet everyone.
As I attempt to catch my breath and stay awake after many hours working, I often end up thinking about how proud I am of the small Thunderbean team. Everyone has been helping to get these projects in the can, and things are moving along so nicely. Ciara just wrapped work on cleaning up nearly a half hour of Kinex shorts, and they’re looking fantastic.
The special features are getting closer to completion on Flip the Frog, and I can’t wait to put all the pieces together and send the set to pressing. David Gerstein and Devon Baxter have turned in wonderful work- and I’m so excited to see the rest! It’s looking like the title will be replicated by the end of July now, wrapping up the longest in-progress project we’ve had. The “Party Disc 2” title is finished now too, and six of the special sets are also wrapping right now. The Tom and Jerry set is getting closer and closer too.
I’m looking forward to supervising some scanning in the coming weeks, and getting back over to UCLA to look through the last of the Rainbow Parades and the Comi-Colors to pick the best materials to scan on each. Most of the Comi-Color material exists in negs or master positives for each color record, so where those exist we’ll be using them if they’re all in good shape. So far the things I’ve looked through are in excellent condition – amazingly.
I’m really happy as to get back to the Lou Bunin materials again – especially getting the rest of “Alice in Wonderland” scanned. It’s an ambitious project- with all the other materials finished for the Blu-ray at this point. The goal is to finish this project this year so the sooner we can get on it in a more full-time way the better.
And.. as usual, today’s cartoon!
Piping Hot! (1959) Is a fun little “educational” film that’s really a commercial for the continued popularity of natural gas. I can’t help but think about the Disney educational shorts from the 50s when viewing it since it has a similar feel. It was produced by Halas and Batchelor, and has some really nice design elements and well produced animation. It’s an enjoyable little diversion – but with such basic information given that it’s hard to believe anyone would walk away from it remembering much. That said, still pretty fun. I especially like the design of the flame and the housewife, both looking like they could have come from a 50s TV commercial. Scanned from a lovely 16mm IB Technicolor print.
Have a good week all!