Happy early Easter from animator Lou Bunin, The White Rabbit and… singer Perry Como? I’ll explain in a minute. But first a Thunderbean update: As spring works on returning, I start to think about all the projects I’d like to finish off by the end of summer- there’s never enough time for everything! We’ve been working to get a few titles further along, and with the help of collectors and some archives, the new sets are coming along very well!
A big batch of Nitrate is scheduled to show up here in the next week or so, and some new discoveries and access to a few more things have me pretty excited. I have some interesting tales to tell about the Cubby Bear materials from the past week, but I’ll go into that later. I do hope to move a few other projects forward as well, but for now it’s a concentration on what we have currently on the burners.
One of those projects is a collection of the work of Lou Bunin, including his feature film Alice in Wonderland (1949). It’s been an especially slow project to move forward, especially in getting the best materials, but it looks like things are finally in progress pretty well on all the materials we haven’t worked with yet.
Since it’s almost Easter, here is a real rarity; it’s something that Amy Bunin Kaiman, Lou Bunin’s daughter, lent to me a little while back for the set. It was a 16mm negative only labeled ‘Como’. It turned out to be several sequences of the White Rabbit from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ animated by Bunin and composited with a live action Perry Como. This is from the Perry Como show in the late 50s (likely 1959 from the mention of a ‘brand new 1959’ car). The scenes are lots of fun, and the great surprise of them singing together I think is the highlight. It’s a great example of trying something for a TV show that was technically difficult at that time. Como seems to enjoy the novelty of the sequence, as does Como’s usual announcer, who is made to suffer the novelty of the sequence. I’m so glad it exists.
We showed this last year to an audience at the Egyptian Theatre; other than that showing this likely hasn’t been seen since it was produced back then. It will be included on the Bunin Blu-ray set.
So, Happy Easter from Perry and the White Rabbit, 57 years ago!