It’s the last post of 2021 (for me) — and every time I type “2021” I think about how futuristic it sounds – almost like a number you’d expect to see in a Tex Avery “of Tomorrow” cartoon.
In The last Thunderbean News of the year:
I’ve been pretty single-minded in working on the final versions of the Flip the Frog cartoons. At this point is almost all little stuff— but it’s been days and days of fixing lots of little stuff! Digitally cleaning things up like missed splices and scratches as well as re-steadying problem shots has been sort of the main thing they need. It’s been going really well, thanks to extensive notes the ‘Brain Trust’ has sent to me about fixing this or that little thing. Right now I’m managed to do version “2” on everything but The Village Specialist. In addition to fixing some splices on that film, there are some some additional fixes on Little Orphan WIllie and School Days, but otherwise very close to having the films all done for the set.
The Van Beuren Tom and Jerry cartoons are following close in Flip’s footsteps. There isn’t as extensive of work to do on these cartoons (or quite as much scrutiny honestly) although some of the prints do need a good amount of clean up. This and Aesop’s Fables are most likely be the next official sets to go to master since they’re already well in progress. The rest of the Rainbow Parade series has been getting scanned, a good part of the Stop Motion Marvels set is done and waiting for the last films to be scanned. The Comi-Colors are scanning slowly as well. Work continues on the special sets too- nine of them will be completed soon- and we hope to have multiple sets dubbed and shipping in the coming week or so.
After such a concentrated time looking at these particular cartoons, a big part of my brain wants to step away from any of the projects over break and just enjoy some cartoons! So – in the spirit of sharing…
I bought some films a little while back and am just getting the chance to watch them during breaks working on the Flips. It seemed a shame to only watch this stuff here with Mary and the cats and dogs, so I thought I’d share it here. So, rather than the usual post about New Year’s related cartoons (see past end-of-the-year posts for some of those!) I thought I’d shoot a little video. It’s not super high quality, but at least I hope I’m properly dressed for this occasion!
This reel looks like it’s full of local commercials – I’m guessing they’re all medium-to-low budget spots. Some of the character design looks a little like Shamus Culhane productions to me, but hard to say of course. I think you’ll recognize Bill Thompson’s voice in the Sealy spot early on in the reel. Thompson of course was Droopy for MGM along with many voices at Disney through the years. It’s always fun to see things that have disappeared from history.
Have a good last few days of the year everyone!