Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
But — before we watch “Another Random Cartoon” as my friend “Paramount Cartoons” says, Here is the promised “Cartoons Most Wanted” survey, finally working. I’ll post the results next week here on Cartoon Research.
And, onto the cartoon!
I was wondering if we had shown this before near St. Patrick’s day, but I guess we didn’t before.
Getting to see a scan of a 35mm print of a Noveltoon is a little easier these days. There’s just not that many prints of these things around, and it’s really hard to say when Paramount will actually release some of the shorts from the negs, if ever. We owe a debt of gratitude to film collector Paul Mular for this week’s film. Oh, yeah– it appears on the Thunderbean Noveltoons Blu-ray set too!
One of the most enjoyable things for me about this film is hearing Jackson Beck’s attempt at keeping his Irish accent going, and slipping sort of half into radio-announcer mode as he goes. It’s an especially good looking Famous Studio’s short. Sharples’ score for this particular cartoon is especially nice, and the song (by Buddy Kaye and Dick Manning) of course was used for many years as the Screen Song theme.
At nearly 10 minutes, this particular film was pretty extravagant as several of the Noveltoons are in this period- even at a time when other shorts from Famous were being produced in Polacolor.
When I was growing up in the 70s and into the early 80s, the Noveltoons were nowhere to be seen around Detroit, Windsor (Canada) or Toledo, Ohio- the three areas we got stations from here in Ann Arbor. So, it wasn’t until I was collecting cartoons that I actually saw any of them— and, soon after, VHS tapes started appearing full of Public Domain cartoons. The first PD VHS tapes I bought were expensive at the time- $10- and that seemed like a lot since I was earning minimum wage and trying to save for college. One of those first tapes I bought did have this cartoon on it, but I honestly can’t remember what the version of the film looked like. I was likely a reddish NTA print, as most of the VHS tapes had.
When was or what are your first memories of seeing a Noveltoon?
Have a good week everyone!