Reviews and then the student show have had me working around the clock, and I wasn’t able to get really anything done with Thunderbean this past week – but that is life! I was going to talk about the Betty Boop set we put together this week, but I’ll leave that to next- along with the Aesop’s Fables set. They’ll likely ship next week as the Aesop’s set gets back from replication.
In other Thunderbean news, the Stop Motion Marvels 1 Blu-ray upgrade is doing really good – with most of the films not the set now cleaned up. When I have to chance to see how they’re looking I’ll be able to tell how close it is to a finish. Looking at things now it seems pretty close. This seems to be a whole period of wrapping up long-in-production projects. Next week is super exciting diving back into just Thunderbean.
The Eyvind Earle project we’ve been finishing up is looking great. It’s a collaboration between ASIFA-Hollywood, Thunderbean and the Earle estate, involving scanning, digital cleanup and restoration of two of Eyvind Earle’s 35mm shorts in 4k. The longest is 24 minutes, the other about 8. More on this project next week as we finally deliver the masters on these shorts.
Since it’s late as I write this and I’m still at the school setting up the student show (for tomorrow’s graduation) I decided to keep things simple and show one of the Kinex shorts we’ve been working on cleaning up. Here’s Hindu Magic, one of the many Kinex shorts on the Stop Motion Marvels blu-ray set. I’m looking forward to the set being done in that we’ve managed to find nearly all of them now, largely thanks to the Library of Congress as well as lots of colleagues. This one either comes from Tommy Stathes or Chris Buchman — I’ve scanned this one from both their prints and honestly, at this late hour, can’t remember what print we used! So thanks to Chris and Tommy!
The Kinex shorts were clearly meant to be fun little entertainment distractions for the home screen – and they really work well as that. There’s nothing really Hindu about Hindu Magic honestly, but there’s some fun combinations of clay and puppets and really nice sets. I feel like the whole Kinex project exists so that these obscurities have a home somewhere, together in a watchable form. We’re closer to that goal with the Blu-ray.
I didn’t have time to set some music behind these shenanigans tonight, so whistle your favorite tune or have Siri play something appropriate along with it if that’s an option.
Have a good week all!